At the beginning of this month, the EU imposed fines on Iran. Now Germany obviously goes even further – and wants to withdraw permission from a controversial airline.
The federal government seems to want to introduce new punitive measures against Iran. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" report, NDR and WDR. According to the Federal Aviation Authority of the Iranian airline Mahan Air in the next week to withdraw the operating permit. The federal government is reacting to the suspicion that the Iranian intelligence service has probably committed murders against political opponents in Europe and planned more.
At the beginning of the month, the EU had also adopted sanctions against Iran for the same reason. However, with the ban on the Iranian airline, Germany would go beyond these sanctions.
According to the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the Foreign Ministry did not comment on information on a flight ban on Mahan Air and informed the newspaper, on request, that it would not provide any information on "internal political voting processes".
In the United States, Mahan Air is not allowed to fly for years
The airline concerned Mahan Air has been controversial for years. As the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" writes, since 2011 it is part of a list of US sanctions – and if it were dependent on the Washington government, it is unlikely that the line will fly into the United States' allied countries. So far, however, Mahan is still active in Germany: three times a week the airline flies to Düsseldorf, once a week in Munich.
The United States accuses the airline Mahan of close ties with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Likewise, the United States claims that Mahan machinery ammo, weapons and fighters fly to Syria and therefore support the war there. The Iranian government therefore – as the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" of the US administration affirms – contributed to the "tremendous human suffering" in the country.
It is said that the Iranian intelligence service has planned homicides and attacks
The EU accuses the Iranian intelligence service of being behind several murders on European soil. Iran is said to be responsible, among other things, for the murder of two Iranians in the Netherlands, and has also planned attacks in, among others, in Denmark.
The case of a council of the Iranian embassy, which was stationed in Austria, caused tensions between Germany and Iran in July 2018. It is said that it had previously planned a bomb attack on a meeting of an Iranian opposition group in Paris , as reported by t-online.deIn July, the diplomat was arrested on a Bavarian motorway and subsequently delivered to Belgium. As a result, the Iranian government ordered the German ambassador to Tehran.
With another case, an Iranian spy revealed in the Bundeswehr"Süddeutsche Zeitung", however, does not link the new sanctions.
The Iranian intelligence service has been repeatedly accused of attacks in Europe for decades. After hard diplomatic clashes, however, the incidents have collapsed. But it seems that you change again.