Suspected spy working for Iran arrested in Germany

A suspected spy believed to have been working for an Iranian group has been arrested in the northern German city of Bremen, authorities said Thursday.

The 31-year-old Pakistani man was passing information to an Iranian secret service agency about the former president of the German-Israeli Association Reinhold Robbe, as well as other persons close to him, according to the German state prosecutor's office.

The German federal court ordered the man's arrest on Wednesday.

Robbe admitted to long being a vocal critic of the Iranian government.

Speaking to Germany's Bild daily he said that the case was a clear example of Iranian efforts to suppress critics of its regime, and that he "will not be intimidated."

Last update: Thu, 07/07/2016 - 23:17

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