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Regime intelligence agents in France unmasked

The Iran Brief, Issue Number 31, dated 2/5/97, Serial 3112

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In an unusual public move, the Organization of the People's Fedaii Guerrillas has revealed the identities of fourteen individuals it claims are intelligence agents of the Islamic Republic operating in France. The group says it took the move after waiting a year for the French authorities to take effective measures to circumscribe the activities of the alleged agents, whose names were handed over the French early last year. When the French did nothing, the group decided to publish the list.

The group claims the fourteen agents are only part of the regime's "vast intelligence network in France... Other regime agents in France are carrying out their missions under commercial cover, and sometimes pose as opponents of the regime, in order to infiltrate cultural and artistic groups."

The group identified the fourteen alleged agents as follows:

The Islamic Republic has frequently relied on the foreign branches of its state-controlled banks to place intelligence agents and to finance terrorist operations. In Germany, for instance, the most prominent is Bank Melli, which regularly advertises in the exile press to attract Iranian business. Bank Melli maintains branches in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf.