The US sanctioned four Iranian intelligence agents for the attempted kidnapping of journalist


The US sanctioned four Iranian intelligence agents for the attempted kidnapping of journalist Masih Alinejad in New York.

The US Treasury defined senior official Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani as the leader of a structure that planned the failed abduction of the 44-year-old reporter.

On Friday, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned four members of Iranian intelligence whose objective was to kidnap the American-Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad in New York.

Those sanctioned are indicated to be part of a network that also targets Iranian dissidents in other countries "as part of a broad campaign to silence critics of the Iranian government," the Treasury said in a statement.

Specifically, the United States appointed senior intelligence officer Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani, a resident of Iran, as the leader of a structure that planned the failed kidnapping of Alinejad, a 44-year-old journalist who lives in New York and has been a feminist activist since the origin of the anti-veil movement in Iran.

Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi, and Omid Noori were also part of the network.

The note said that the organization targets Iranian dissidents in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to the "well-documented" role of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in internal repression, according to the Treasury," the operation also revealed the "damaging" part of the intelligence apparatus in the persecution of dissident Iranians and their attempts to return them to that country.

In this sense, it sanctioned the four agents for having "acted or intended to act" for or on behalf of the MOIS, which was already designated in 2012 by the United States as responsible or complicit in the grave human rights violations committed by the Government. Against the people of Tehran from June 12, 2019

Detailed notes Sadigi acted as a liaison between the network and a private investigator who investigated the journalist's ability to move from New York to Venezuela in military-style speedboats.

In turn, Noori was in charge of paying the investigator. At the same time, Khazein investigated the possible routes from the victim's residence to the points for his "extraction."

Earlier in July, the US Department of Justice announced the indictment of four "Iranian intelligence agents" in connection with the journalist's case. The abduction plan by the Iranian government is another example of a relentless effort to silence critical voices, wherever they are, according to a statement from Andrea, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OAFAC). M. Gacki.

For the official, the attack against Iranians abroad shows that "the repression" of the Tehran regime "extends beyond the borders" of that country.