- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' center dealing with organized crimes issued a statement on Saturday releasing details about the BBC's ill-intentioned activities inside Iran.
The center described the BBC's role in the soft warfare campaign against Iran as "active", "effective," and "systematic," saying the broadcaster's activities had been carried out with the financial support of anti-revolutionary groups.
"In line with the British government's neo-colonialist attitude and through the use of new and complicated intelligence methods, (the BBC) had created a complicated intelligence network with the aim of collecting specific and purposeful intelligence," the statement read.
According to the center, the network had been established with the aim of recruiting members from among Iranian political and media intellectuals, establishing connections with anti-revolutionary groups, particularly the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization, and carrying out espionage operations through gathering intelligence about the country's strategic points, centers, and organizations, including ministries, embassies, and oil platforms.
The statement said that a number of the members of the network were arrested and their cases were referred to the judicial authorities during the first phase of the operation carried out in summer to deal with the network.
And during the second phase of the operation, lawsuits were filed against 24 main members of the network.
The statement also read that lawsuits have been filed against 10 members who are currently living abroad.