The government of Bosnia ordered two Iranian diplomats to leave the Balkan
country by the end of the month because they violated diplomatic
A Serbian-language paper in Sarajevo, Voice of Serbia, reported
on Friday that Bosnia’s Security Ministry sent a request to the Foreign Ministry
to expel the second- and third-ranking diplomats at the Iranian Embassy in
Israeli intelligence officials apparently warned Bosnian
officials about an “unnamed Iranian diplomat” who was present in Thailand,
Georgia and India, where Israelis faced terrorist attacks in 2011.
diplomats, Hamzeh Dolab Ahmad and Jadidi Sohrab, the second and third
secretaries at the embassy, appear to work for the Ministry of Intelligence and
National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MISIRI).
Radoncic, minister of security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, declared the Iranians
persona non grata because their conduct violated diplomatic rules. Radoncic did
not provide greater specificity for expelling the Iranians. It is unclear if
either of the Iranian diplomats was involved in the terrorist plots against
Israelis in Thailand, Georgia and India.
The Bosnian paper wrote that
“according to unofficial information,” Ahmad and Sohrab were members of the
Iranian secret intelligence and were connected to terrorist activities in
In a lengthy article on the website of World Affairs in the
January/February edition, Gordon N. Bardos wrote that last August, “the American
and British ambassadors to Sarajevo reportedly warned Bosnian officials to cut
their ties to Iran, and a former international high representative in Bosnia
publicly lectured the Bosnians about how their future lay with the European
Union, not with Tehran.
The motive for such actions became clear in
September when the Sarajevo newspaper Dnevni Avaz claimed that pro- Iranian
factions in the Bosnian government were reactivating para-intelligence cells
tied to the Islamist regime of the late Bosnian leader Alija
According to Bardos’s report, the news magazine Slobodna
Bosna reported that “200 Iranian ‘businessmen’ had been granted visas to enter
Bosnia in the first six months of 2012 along with an unnamed Iranian diplomat
whom Israeli intelligence officials have tracked in Thailand, Georgia and India
– all places in which Israeli citizens have been attacked in the last year.”
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