Pakistani Man Suspected of Spying for Iran on Israeli, Jewish Centers to Be Tried in Germany

The man is accused collecting information on a professor at a university in Paris, the former president of the German-Israel Society and others in Western European countries.

Alleged spy, Syed Mustufa H. (R) at the start of his trial in Berlin on March 8, 2017.
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A 31-year-old Pakistani man is going on trial in Berlin on allegations he spied for Iran on Israeli and Jewish institutions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Syed Mustufa H., whose full name was not giving for privacy reasons, is due in court Wednesday on espionage charges.

H., who came to Germany in 2012 to go to university, is accused of having collected information on a professor at a university in Paris, the former president of the German-Israel Society and others in Western European countries.

Prosecutors say he then passed the information to a contact person with the Iranian intelligence agency. He's alleged to have received at least €2,052 for his spying activities.

H., who was arrested in July 2016, faces a possible five years in prison.