The above accusation may or may not have been true. However I have a serious issue with the accusation for the following reason. I have known for some time that the Iranian embassy in Dublin is engaged in spying against Irish and Iranian citizens in this country. The principal objective of this is to make note of which Iranian's living here are engaging in anti regime politics. This is reported back to Tehran and the family members of these people are threatened that if their relatives in Ireland don't stop what they are doing, there will be serious consequences. Perhaps a family member who is in prison will have their sentence extended where they will continue to be tortured, or perhaps other family members will find themselves in front of a kangeroo court on some trumped up charge. This is really quite outrageous. In many cases agents of the regime have simply approached Iranians on the streets of Dublin and made it clear that unless they ceased this type activity their relatives back home would suffer. The thuggery of the Iranian officials in Ireland has been highlighted recently when two hecklers, one of them a good friend of mine (Shaho Zamani pictured above) were beaten up by by Iranian security after confronting Foreign Minister Mottaki at the Irish Institute for European Affairs. The incident which I filmed and is up on YouTube has received much attention in the Irish media. Mary Fitzgerald of The Irish Times coveverd the incident in detail. Shaho also appeared on The Wide Angle radio show on Newstalk where he and another Iranian exile detailed the truly unbelievable activitities that goes on in the real Den of Spies in Blackrock. I consider this type of behavior to be a breach of Irish sovereignty by Tehran. Some politicians such as Labour TD Joe Costello have picked up on this. I hope more do. I certainly intend on writing a few letters. I hope the Irish Government make it clear that this type of espionage against citizens of our state will not be tolerated. I can think of one example of where action can be taken. Mary Fitzerald's article detailed the itinerary of the recent visit of Dr Mottaki. He met with Foreign Minister Micheal Martin and Eucation Minister Mary Coughlan.
The meeting with the former centred on bilateral relations including trade and the potential for developing stronger education links, with a particular focus on the possibility of increasing the number of Iranian PhD students studying in Ireland.
Why would the Iranian Foreign Minister request a meeting with the Irish Minister for Education in order to expediate the process were Iranian PhD students come to Ireland to study. This is a fraud. The PhD students that Mottaki speaks of are not legitimate students. They are in fact spies sent over from Tehran to keep an eye on Iranians living here and to report back on any anti Iran activity. We obviously can't, nor would we want to prevent Iranian students coming here. But it should be made absolutely clear in no uncertain terms that if any of these "students" are found to be engaging in any intimidating or threatening behaviour on behalf of the Den of Spies in Bkackrock, they will be arrested and charged.