Germany: Police uncover Afghani spying for Iran while working as a translator in the German army

German authorities on Tuesday detained a 50-year old Afghan-German dual national who worked as a translator for the German military, for passing data to an Iranian intelligence agency, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The spy, identified only as Abdul Hamid S., in line with local privacy laws, will go before a judge later Tuesday, the statement said.

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“Abdul Hamid S. is strongly suspected of having worked for a foreign intelligence agency. The suspect was a language expert and cultural adviser for the Bundeswehr. In this capacity, he is believed to have passed insights to an Iranian intelligence agency,” it said.

In its activities in the German army, Abdul Hamid S. had access to sensitive information, such as the use of force in Afghanistan, but maybe also to other areas of interest for the German security authorities.

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