German security authorities have found evidence that a spy for Iran’s secret service may have been monitoring the leader of the country’s largest Jewish group.
Josef Schuster, recently elected to a third four-year term as the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, may have been the target of a former informant for the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution, according to the newsmagazine FOCUS.
According to news reports, the Central Council in Berlin claimed that although Schuster is frequently targeted, he nevertheless feels well-protected by German security personnel.
Last week, intelligence agencies in the UK, Canada, and the US issued alerts about potential assaults by Iranian cells against Jewish leaders, Iranian dissidents, and journalists.
According to the research, Iranian foreign agents train ordinary criminals and Islamic fanatics to plan and carry out such assaults.
In this case, a 49-year-old Iraqi man named Aladin Mohamed H., born in Syria, is suspected of spying on Schuster for the Iranian secret service.
He spent six years giving information about radical Islamists as a German informant.