May 6, 2021
A Danish high court on Thursday upheld the seven-year sentence given to a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage for spying and complicity in a failed plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark.
“A unanimous jury in the Eastern High Court has found an Iranian man guilty of illegal intelligence activities and complicity in an attempted murder of an exiled Iranian in Ringsted,” the Danish public prosecutor said on Twitter on Thursday.
The defendant, Mohammad Davoudzadeh Loloei, was sentenced last year to seven years in prison and permanent expulsion from Denmark, prosecutor Mads Kruse told Reuters. Loloei then appealed against the ruling to a higher court.
“It has been an unparalleled case in Danish legal history, which will probably reverberate beyond Denmark’s borders,” Kruse said.
“We managed to prove this link between the accused and the Iranian intelligence service, and that is very unusual and can be a difficult task,” he added.
Loloei’s attorney said he now expected his client to take his appeal to Denmark’s Supreme Court.
Loloei was arrested in October 2018 as part of a massive police operation, in which Denmark temporarily closed its borders.
ASMLA seeks a separate state for ethnic Arabs in Iran’s oil-producing southwestern province of Khuzestan. Arabs are a minority in Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independence or autonomy.