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Another SPND front company revealed: Ervin Parto Caspian


Islamic Azad University falls deeper down the SPND rabbit hole

We've got some more bad news about Iran's oldest and most prestigious private university, Islamic Azad University's Central Tehran Branch (دانشگاه آزاد واحد تهران مرکزی). Not only has IAU previously signed an expansive memorandum of cooperation with Iran's shady nuclear research outfit SPND (سپند), as we revealed in two recent posts, we've also learned that IAU hired a notorious SPND member into one of the university's most senior staff positions. 

On 3 May 2019, according to an IAU press release, the university recruited Engineer Javad Al-Yasin (جواد آل یاسین) to head IAU's Velayat University Complex (مجتمع دانشگاهی ولایت), a cornerstone facility of the IAU's central Tehran campus.
Here's what they left out in the press release: Javad Al-Yasin is SPND to the gills. In 2009, he was outed by an Iranian dissident group as the head of something called the Research Center for Explosion and Impact or METFAZ (مرکز تحقیقات فناوری انفجار و ضربه), a predecess…