Prosecutors in Germany believe recent attacks on synagogues were ordered by a fugitive biker boss at the behest of Iran. German authorities believe that Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been using a Hells Angels leader to orchestrate recent attacks on Jewish targets in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to a report. Citing an investigation due to be taken over by the state’s attorney general, German public service broadcaster ARD reported that investigators believed that attacks last month on synagogues in Essen and Bochum, and an attempt to incite an arson attack on a synagogue in Dortmund, were ordered by IRGC, which has long carried out attacks against perceived enemies of the Islamic Republic overseas. “We’re talking about state terrorism here,” an investigator was quoted by ARD as saying. The attacks in Germany are just the latest alleged Iranian overseas operations to have come to light in recent months. In particular, Iran is believed to have ramped up operations targeting dissidents abroad since the start of huge protests over the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September. Investigators believe fugitive German-Iranian biker boss Ramin Yektaparast, currently based in Tehran, acted as the operational command for the attacks, according to the report. Yektaparast, the founder of the Hells Angels chapter in the city of Mönchengladbach, is understood to have fled to Iran last year to escape trial for the murder and dismemberment in 2014 of a fellow Hells Angel who the gang believed to be an informer, according to ARD.

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