Surveillance scandal in Iran. Intelligence officials axed

Iranian MP Ali Motahari broke the case on his website, revealing he had been informed by the new intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi that the deputy intelligence minister and a director were sacked after he complained of eavesdropping equipment installed in his office at the majlis. Motahari discovered the bugs planted in the air conditioning ducts by chance in July. His own video cameras picked up nine nocturnal intruders entering the premises to install them. The MP said the cell phones of all Iranian MPs are tapped. Some lawmakers criticized him for going public on the scandal.

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