Mohammad Sadat Khansari
Iranian Regime Agent Expelled From Albania
The Albanian government has expelled another Iranian regime operative for spying on the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and trying to penetrate the MEK’s complex, Ashraf 3.
In This regard, Albania’s Top Channel TV network on Wednesday reported: “Another Iranian individual has been designated by Albanian authorities as persona non grata for his actions against the Iranian opposition MEK in Albania, and signs indicate he will be expelled from Albania in the coming hours.”
Albanian Interior Minister Sandër Lleshaj with Decision Number 172 ordered Danial Kasrai’s departure.
This person, identified as Danial Kasrai, holds Italian citizenship. He is suspected of espionage and having connections with the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Several Albanian anti-terrorism agencies, in separate reports, classified Kasrai as a dangerous figure who violates public security.
Kasrai on several occasion showed up near Ashraf attempting to collect information about the MEK and its members. On November 19, 2019, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Committee on Security and Counterterrorism had exposed Kasrai. According to the NCRI’s Committee on Security and Counterterrorism, this MOIS agent has attempted on several occasions to recruit former or current members of the MEK. He had identified himself as a journalist with a 7,000-euro salary, and whenever needed, by showing a forged ID card, presented himself as Albania’s secret police.
The Iranian regime has increased its terrorist activities inside Albania since the relocation of the MEK members from Iraq to Albania. In January 2020, the Albanian government expelled two of the regime’s so-called “diplomats.” Previously in December 2018, the Albanian government expelled Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, the regime’s Ambassador, and Mostafa Roudaki, the MOIS station chief in Albania. Mohammadnia was the MOIS representative in the delegation headed by the regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during the nuclear talks that led to the Iran nuclear deal.
In addition, in a statement on June 2019, the NCRI wrote: “Following the expulsion of Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, clerical ambassador to Albania and Mostafa Roudaki, head of the intelligence station in December 2018, the clerical regime is attempting to send its spies and terrorists to Albania to inflict a blow to the PMOI under the business and journalistic covers.”
In a press conference on October 23, 2019, Albania’s Police Chief announced the uncovering of a terrorist ring connected to the Iranian regime in that country.
On Monday, July 20, 2020, on the third day of the Free Iran Global Summit, the speakers urged the EU countries to shut down the Iranian regime’s embassies and expel the MOIS agents from their soil.
In her speech at this conference, Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi, while referring to the regime’s 450 cases of terrorist operations abroad and a rise in these activities since 2003, said: “The clerical regime is a threat to the vital interests of the Iranian people and of people throughout the world. While carrying out suppression, executions and massacres inside Iran, and exporting terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East, the regime is also pursuing a nuclear weapon. She added: Terrorism is the essence and fundamental nature of this regime and it is inseparable from it. … If someday, the regime abandons the export of fundamentalism and terrorism abroad and limit itself within Iran’s boundaries, it will implode and disintegrate.”
Ambassador Robert Joseph, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in this regard said: “Today’s event is a call to action. If we want to stop terrorist acts, the mullahs must know there are real consequences. This is the fundamental principle of deterrence. We need to see and treat the regime for what it is.”
Struan Stevenson, former MEP and President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, also said: “All regime leaders must be held to account and indicted for acts of terror in international tribunals. All embassies of the mullahs must be closed as factories of terrorism.”
The recent arrest of the regime’s agent in Albania and previous terrorist attempts by the religious fascism ruling Iran increases the necessity of the closure of the regime’s embassies and representative offices, closing down the companies and cultural, educational and religious centers tied to the regime, and expelling the regime’s agents and operatives who function under the cover of commercial, cultural, or religious activities, or who pretend to be journalists or opponents, refugees, or ordinary citizens.