Arrest of Iranian spy in Indonesia last year prompts Thailand to be on alert for more spies from Tehran

    Last year on May 27th, Indonesia’s counter-intelligence agency arrested an Iranian national at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, just before departing for Qatar. It was Ghassem Saberi Gilchalan, sentenced to 2 years in prison for espionage, used a fake passport, had 11 mobile phones, large number of SIM cards and large amounts of cash.

    This week it was revealed, that Gilchalan received the instructions of his mission by an Iranian intelligence officer (under diplomatic cover) based in Malaysia. His mission was infiltrating Muslim communities and also other operations such as influencing “Indonesian authorities to release the Iranian-flagged MT Horse oil tanker apprehended in the country’s waters in January last year.”

    Following all of that, this week Thailand’s Police General, Suwat Jangyodsuk stated that this Iranian spy also tried to infiltrate Thai Muslim communities. For this reason, Thailand’s security agencies “issued an order to the RTP’s Special Branch, the Central Investigation Bureau, the Metropolitan Police Bureau and all nine Provincial Police Regions to be on alert and gather intelligence about the movements of secret agents.” MORE


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    Evarist Chahali

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