Reports that Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) agents may be operating in Glasgow should come as no surprise to observers of the mullahs’ clerical regime. In 2013, the US government published a report entitled: ‘Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security: a profile’. It was based on exhaustive research undertaken by the Pentagon and the US Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. The report stated that the key task of MOIS agents was to identify and eliminate opponents of the regime at home and abroad, with the main target being the key democratic opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) and its charismatic Paris-based leader Mrs Maryam Rajavi. 

The US report even went on to identify two MOIS agents based in London, naming them as Massoud Khodabandeh and his English wife Anne Singleton, both of whom, it stated, had been extensively trained in Tehran. Khodabandeh and Singleton have been seen several times carrying out clandestine surveillance activities on PMOI camps in Iraq, before full-scale military assaults and rocket attacks led to widescale death and destruction of innocent, unarmed men and women. Recently, they have repeatedly been seen scouting around a new compound in Albania, home to 2500 PMOI refugees who fled from Iraq. Anne Singleton has frequently visited the European Parliament in Brussels to brief supporters of the Iranian theocratic dictatorship. The fact that EU authorities allow identified Iranian spies to move freely around in this way is appalling. Indeed, they are probably supervising intelligence activities in Scotland.

Also, in 2013, the German Interior Ministry’s Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution stated that the priority task of the Iranian intelligence service apparatus was “to combat opposition movements at home and abroad.”  In that endeavour they have been very active. In late June last year German police arrested Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat from the Iranian embassy in Vienna. Two would-be Iranian bombers told the police that Assadi had given them the bomb and instructed them to detonate it at a major Iranian opposition rally near Paris, attended by prominent politicians like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich. As a long-term opponent of the fascist regime in Iran, I was there myself. The bombers were charged with acts of terrorism and are in prison awaiting trial.

Subsequently, similar action was taken against Iranian terrorist plots in the United States, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and several other European nations, who are now imposing their own sanctions on the Iranian regime and blacklisting some of its agents. In late December, the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, expelled Iran’s ambassador and first secretary on the grounds that they posed a security risk to Albania. It is clear that Iran uses its embassies as bomb factories and terror cells, plotting atrocities in Europe and America. The mullahs have MOIS agents implanted in every European embassy. Their job is to track down and eliminate political dissidents or enemies of the fundamentalist regime. 

With a collapsing economy, massive unemployment and a growing recognition among the young and well-educated Iranian population that Iran’s vast oil resources have been systematically misused to enrich the mullahs and to finance proxy wars across the Middle East, the nationwide protests which have gone on in every town and city in Iran for the past 15 months are now moving relentlessly towards a new revolution and the inevitable overthrow of the clerical regime. In a blind panic, the mullahs are now lashing out like wounded beasts. 

While I was serving as President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq and simultaneously chairing the Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup from 2009-2014, I had to undertake special security training and was warned by the Strathclyde police that I could be a potential target. After publishing recent articles accusing the mullahs of waging cyberwarfare in the West, I returned home to find my website completely wiped, with 20 years of archived material lost. The company that maintains my website identified the incident as a malicious attack.

It is entirely plausible that the MOIS has agents actively pursuing opponents of the regime in Scotland. The US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo calls the Iranian regime ‘sponsors of international terror.’ The Trump administration has just announced that it has added the Iranian revolutionary Guards Corps, the regime’s equivalent of the Gestapo, to the US foreign terrorist blacklist. The IRGC controls almost every aspect of the Iranian economy and their blacklisting could prove to be a fatal blow to the regime. But while the theocratic dictatorship suffers its death throes, supporters of the PMOI opposition movement, even here in Scotland, should remain on high alert.