'Spanish police nab 3 suspected of spying for Iran'

According to media outlets in Spain, police suspect 3 of infiltrating an NGO that helps asylum seekers, sending information to Iran.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 23, 2013 00:26
1 minute read.
Spanish police

Spanish police 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Spanish police arrested three people in Madrid and Torrelavega on suspicion of involvement in a network spying on dissidents of the Iranian regime, the Spanish media reported on Friday.

According to a press release from the Spanish police cited by media outlets, the suspects allegedly infiltrated a Spanish NGO that aids asylum-seekers, and communicated to the Iranian secret services the identities of people who fled the country for ideological reasons. The police suspected the three of violating the confidentiality of data and information of Iranians who fled the Islamic Republic and expressed interest in seeking asylum in Spain.

The police reportedly believed the three to be members of a spy network allegedly controlled by the Iranian intelligence services from the seat of its own embassy in Madrid.

The aim of the network was allegedly to monitor, pursue and even threaten countrymen living in Spain, considered to be dissidents of the Iranian regime.


Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that a Spanish citizen working for an NGO in Torrelavega recommended that a specific interpreter aid the asylum-seekers, but that interpreter was in fact a spy who passed along personal information of all those that he had helped.

The three people detained in Madrid include the NGO’s legal adviser, the interpreter and an embassy employee.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

May 25, 2019
Top contenders to replace May viewed as pro-Israel

By TOVAH LAZAROFF