Khamenei-linked cleric to head German Islamic centre

Mohammad Hadi Mofateh was controversially awarded a visa earlier this month

epa06902947 A handout photo made available by the Iranian Supreme Leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking during a meeting with officials of Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran, Iran, 21 July 2018. Media reported that Khamenei rejects any negotiations with US as he says it would be a huge mistake to think that we could solve the problems and economy crisis through negotiations with US and its president.  EPA/IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER OFFICE HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) linked-cleric is to head one of Germany's largest Islamic centers, after being controversially awarded a visa this month.

Ayatollah Mohammad Hadi Mofateh was awarded a three-month visa by German authorities earlier this month, and will take charge of the Hamburg Islamic Centre, one of the oldest mosques in Germany.

German tabloid BILD reported that Mofateh had arrived in Germany in the past few days with his family, and was scheduled to take over management of the center in August. The manager of the center is considered one of Ayatollah Khamenei's principle representatives in Europe.

A CV of Mofateh’s posted to the internet openly proclaims his affiliation to the IRGC, it also lists him having worked for Voice of the Islamic Republic, a state news channel the head of which is appointed directly by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

A number of figures heavily involved in the revolution of 1979 spent time in residence at the center whilst in opposition to the Shah, including  Mohammad Khatami who served as President of the Islamic Republic until 2005.

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The revelations came as US Treasury officials revealed that Iran had been using German companies to acquire advanced printing equipment in order to print counterfeit currency that was being used to finance the group’s war-efforts in Yemen.

American officials said German companies “were being used as a cover by the Iranians to finance the world’s worst humanitarian conflict.”

The IRGC was outlawed as a terror organization by the United States in 2017, but Germany has refused to pass similar legislation.

In October 2007, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the IRGC had "played a pivotal role in making Iran the world's largest state terror sponsor".

The IRGC has played a major role in supporting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in fighting opposition forces, and an increasing role supporting Houthis rebels in Yemen.

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