Iran spares no efforts to utilize all means to crackdown on opponents in its territory or abroad, even if the price is shedding the blood of those dissidents. Assassinating Iranian activists and stifling their independent voices are what Tehran is good at, according to observers.
Iran carries our assassinations of opponents in cold blood, adding a new crime to its infamous record of human rights violations, they added.
Such remarks come as the daughter of an Iranian Arab activist killed in the Netherlands last month broke her silence on the death of her father.
Iranian political activist Ahmad Mola Nissi, 52, who established the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), an Arab nationalist group seeking a separate state in the country’s oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province, was assassinated in the Netherlands last month.
Nissi’s daughter linked his death to political conflict in the Middle East, and warned other exiles in Europe to be on their guard.
Nissi, 52, was gunned down by an unidentified assailant in front of his home in The Hague on Nov. 8 in a suspected political killing.
Hawra Ahmad Nissi said her father’s death was reminiscent of a string of murders of Iranian dissidents in Europe in the 1990s.
“Europe seems safe, but be careful,” she told Reuters in an interview. “The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not confined to the Middle East. It is spreading into Europe.”
Since his murder, his family have been under Dutch police protection at a safe house.
“We came here to be safe but we don’t feel safe. European governments should do more to secure the safety of activists,” Hawra Nissi, 25, said.
Ahwazi Arabs are a minority in mainly ethnic Persian Iran, and some see themselves as victims of occupation and want independence or autonomy.
They say they are deprived of decent living standards and civil rights. In an interview with Reuters in July, Mola Nissi said the movement wanted to “liberate Ahwaz lands and people from the Iranian occupation.”
“The family is open to all scenarios. Iran is a prime suspect, but not the only suspect,” Hawra Nissi said.
Police are exploring a possible link between Mola Nissi’s killing and the unsolved murder of another Iranian near Amsterdam in December 2015, a spokeswoman said.
They are looking for two suspects believed to have gunned down Ali Motamed.
The most prominent among a string of killings and disappearances of Iranian dissidents in the 1980s and 1990s was the shooting of three Iranian Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin in 1992, which a German court ruled had been ordered by the government in Tehran.
According to analysts, the assassination of Nissi uncovers to what extent Tehran agents have penetrated Europe, crossing the borders of the Middle East.
Alarms bells have to be set ringing after the recent assassination of the Iranian activist, they noted.
This gives clear evidence that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is still planting its sleeper cells worldwide to track Mullah regime’s opponents, they concluded.