Fahrudin Radoncic minister of security of Bosnia 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic)
BERLIN – Bosnia’s government expelled two Iranians last week for espionage,
after having set a deadline of late April for the action.
Schindler, a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College,
cited a report on his blog XX Committee by the Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz that
the two Iranians Hamzeh Doolab Ahmad and Jadidi Sohrab are no longer in Bosnia.
Schindler, who has closely followed and written about the case of the alleged
Iranian spies, wrote, “ I am happy to report that the Bosnian Ministry of
Security has announced that the two Iranian ‘diplomats in question’ have now
left the territory of Bosnia and Hercegovina.”
photographs of the Iranian diplomats departing Bosnia. The Sarajevo paper wrote
that the Bosnian security ministry declared the two Iranians “personae non
gratae” and said “they have used their diplomatic status for activities
incompatible with their diplomatic functions and the Vienna convention on
Israeli intelligence officials notified Bosnian
officials about an “unnamed Iranian diplomat” who was present in Thailand,
Georgia and India, where Israelis faced terrorist attacks in 2011. It could not
be verified if one of the two diplomats believed to be spying in Bosnia is the
suspected envoy of concern to Israeli counter-terrorism officials.
reported in early May that Bosnia’s government appeared to
backpedal from its April 30 eviction order to the Iranians because both men
remained in Bosnia. Schindler, a US counterterrorism expert, drew attention to
Bosnia’s decision to not eject the Iranians on his popular intelligence
The AFP reported on Friday that a source at the Bosnia security
ministry who asked not to be named said the two Iranians were believed to have
conducted “spying and [carrying out] other suspicious activities against the
The Iranians served as the embassy’s second and
third secretary and had contacts with Nusret Imamovic,” a leader of Bosnian
followers of Wahhabism, an ultra-orthodox form of Sunni Islam prevalent in Saudi
Arabia, wrote the AFP. The French wire service cited its source as asserting
that the Iranians’ contact with Imamovic is considered espionage.