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Canada Investigating “Credible” Death Threats From Iran

November 19, 2022
Akhtar Safi
1 min read
Hundreds of people marched in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, on October 29 in support of the anti-government protests who have taken to the streets of Iranian cities following the September death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of morality police.
Hundreds of people marched in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, on October 29 in support of the anti-government protests who have taken to the streets of Iranian cities following the September death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of morality police.

Canada's spy agency says it is investigating "credible" death threats from Iran aimed at individuals in Canada, days after Britain levelled similar accusations against the Islamic regime.

"CSIS is actively investigating several threats to life emanating from the Islamic Republic of Iran based on credible intelligence," Eric Balsam, spokesman for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said on November 18.

The agency said it was aware of state actors from Iran monitoring and intimidating people inside Canada to silence those who speak out publicly against the Iranian government.

"Ultimately, these hostile activities and foreign interference undermine the security of Canada and Canadians, as well as our democratic values and sovereignty."

On November 16, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said Iranian intelligence services have this year made at least 10 attempts to kidnap or kill British nationals or individuals based in the U.K.

The U.K. government last week summoned Tehran’s top diplomat in London over alleged threats by Iranian security forces to journalists in Britain.

The move came after Volant Media, the parent company of London-based, Persian-language news channel Iran International said two of its British-Iranian journalists working in Britain had received "death threats from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.”

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