Ghorbani attended two MEK rallies, one in New York City on Sept. 20, 2017, and the other in Washington, D.C ., in December 2017, according to the plea deal. While at the rallyings, Ghorbani took photographs of attendees, including the group’s leaders.
“The pictures illustrated MEK managers, and included hand-written indicates linking the individuals and listing their positions in the group, ” the DOJ said.
Doostdar admitted under word that he traveled to the U.S. from Iran on three reasons to gather with Ghorbani and give him rules “on behalf of the government of Iran, ” the Justice Department said.
After his second excursion in December 2017, Doostdar paid Ghorbani $ 2,000 after collecting the photos and other surveillance, the plea transaction said.
“The defendants both have admitted to conducting surveillance and collecting identifying information for both governments of Iran about Americans, and including with regard to, individuals who were exercising their First Amendment liberties to oppose the Iranian government, ” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said. “The Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable authorities like Iran that would threaten and intimidate Americans who criticize them.”