Serhat TUNAR – TDO- Germany on Monday withdrew the operating permit for Iran's Mahan Air to fly in and out of the country, accusing the airline of being involved in illegal activities.
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that the government sanctioned the airlines for helping the Iranian government spy.
A German foreign ministry representative said the move was made to "protect Germany's foreign and security policy interests."
German authorities arrested a 50-year-old German-Afghan dual national who worked for the German military for allegedly transferring sensitive military data to Iran, the Mehr News Agency reported. Tehran has denied the charges, calling them an "unfounded claim" meant to harm Iran's relationship with the European Union.
In October, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions against Mahan Air, saying the airline provides financial, material and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Cops Force in Tehran.