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Washington Times Special Edition on Free Iran Rally

Washington Times Reports on Free Iran Gathering

Washington Times Special Edition on Free Iran Rally

Special Edition of Washington Times on Free Iran Rally- July 2018

July 21st marks the 37th anniversary of the 1981 founding of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). This month, the Washington Times published a special section on its website about the NCRI annual Grand Gathering, which took place on June 30, 2018, in Paris. This year’s gathering, titled “Free Iran: The Alternative,” was attended by over 100,000 people, including members of the Iranian Resistance movement, specifically the MEK and the NCRI; dignitaries; diplomats; and politicians from all over the world.

The Grand Gathering included dozens of speeches from these well-known leaders from across the political spectrum offering their perspectives on the NCRI and the MEK as the only viable alternative to the clerical regime currently in power in Iran. The timely series on the Free Iran event by the Washington Times included quotes from many of these speeches.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, gave the keynote address at the gathering, opening her speech by saying, “[T]he flames of the auspicious and liberating uprising are again rising in Tehran and across Iran.” She praised MEK members who have recently resettled in Albania, challenged anyone who felt they could topple the regime without a plan to do so and outlined her plan for a peaceful transition to a democracy after the fall of the clerical regime.

Rudolph Giuliani, former New York Mayor and advisor to U.S. President Trump, said this:

“You’ve got an alternative that’s built on a solid foundation of 10 principles. Democracy, human rights, a non-nuclear Iran, separation of church and state, and the rights of women and of all minorities to be protected. My goodness, that sounds like a full-fledged democracy. That’s what the NCRI stands for. That’s what Madame Rajavi stands for, and that’s what your martyrs died for.”

 

Former U.S. Congressman Newt Gingrich said this in his speech: “[F]reedom will come. It has been paid for by the blood of patriots. It has been paid for by the sweat of patriots. It has been paid for by those willing to stand up to the dictatorship.”

 

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson spoke directly to the Iranian Resistance: “You are the source of change in Iran. The young people, the women, the resistance, the youth, the young people here. And I want to tell you a lot of people ask, ‘Is there an alternative to the mullahs, to the dictatorship?’ And the answer is, Yes, it’s the resistance. It’s the MEK. It’s Mrs. Rajavi. But it’s you…the power is with you. The power is with everyone in this room and each one of you represents thousands in Iran that are saying, ‘No dictatorship.’ The end is near. The end is near.”

 

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey used his time to speak about the weakness of the regime, saying, “Finally the stars seem to be aligned to accomplish what we all want to accomplish, which is the downfall of the mullahs’ regime.”

 

Retired U.S. General George Casey spoke about the ruling regime in Iran and the need for a democratic alternative: “Iran, through its terrorists on the Quds Force, continues to support terrorism and destabilize not only its neighbors but the entire region, and that’s not normal behavior. And I firmly believe that no government that actively imports and exports terror can be a productive player in the world today. Change must come to Iran.”

 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh spoke first to the Freedom Fighters in Iran, saying: “We support you, we’re there for you, we can move.”

 

He had an additional message for the criminal mullahs in power in Iran, saying: “We have the ability, and will maintain the ability, to bring those criminals to justice. The day will come when not only democratic change will be brought to Iran, but the criminals who have committed crimes against humanity will fill the criminal courts of the international community. They will be brought to justice.”

 

Frances Townsend, the former Homeland Security Advisor, addressed the women of the Iranian Resistance: “You are the roses of the future that will lead us to a free Iran.”

 

Former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli spoke directly to the mullahs, voicing his support for the MEK and his certainty that the regime would fall: “[Y]ou are in the fighting ring of history. We stand with the people of Ashraf. We stand with the MEK. We stand with the people in the streets of Iran fighting for freedom.”

 

 

A large bipartisan delegation of U.S. Congressmen and women sent letters of support to the NCRI. Among them was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who wrote: “This year, the world has watched men and women bravely stand up for their rights in peaceful protests across the country. Their courage and determination inspire all to recommit to our shared mission, to build a democratic, free and non-nuclear Iran. America stands in solidarity with every Iranian man and woman and child as they fight for the right to speak freely without fear of persecution.”

 

Dr. Bernard Kouchner, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs and founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres offered this advice for the Iranian Resistance: “Be brave and clear in offering freedom and democracy. The French are with you.”

 

Martin Patzelt, member of the German Bundestag from the Ruling Christian Democratic Party, praised the Iranian Resistance movement: “It is very well organized and is in a position to bring together all those discontented and freedom-lovers who are still not organized.”

 

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Chairman of the International Democrat Union Stephen Harper expressed the support of the international community for the Iranian people. “You have many friends, as today’s gathering shows, from all around the world, who want a new Iran. An Iran governed not by the hatreds of the past, but by the people’s aspirations for their future. Keep up the fight.”

 

Sir David Amess spoke on behalf of a huge delegation of over 50 British Members of Parliament from both the House of Lords and House of Commons and from all political affiliations. “Madame Rajavi, dear friends, we are here to say we stand with you and the Iranian people as you strive for a better future. And we will continue to support you until Iran is free,” he said.

 

U.K. Member of Parliament Theresa Villiers spoke of her hope for the future for Iran’s brave women: “Let us all hope that one day Mrs. Rajavi is able to put into effect her 10-point plan, and finally we will see an Iran that is free of the brutal repression of the mullahs, free of the cruelty and human rights abuse to which it’s been subjected for far too long, and free at last to pursue a democratic future where men and women have an equal chance to follow their dreams, make their own choices, and succeed in whichever field of life they want to.”

 

Former Senator from the Republic of Colombia Ingrid Betancourt spoke of Maryam Rajavi’s success in organizing the resistance: “Maryam Rajavi’s determination has brought this thousand Ashrafs to life inside Iran. But it is the courage, the sacrifice paid with blood, and the love of those who are fighting in the streets in all the provinces, in all the capitals, and also in Tehran, that will bring this uprising to victory.”

 

Former Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, who also served as Defense Minister and a Member of Parliament in Albania, where thousands of MEK members are currently living in exile, said this about Albania’s decision to provide refuge for the resistance members:“[O]ur choice is to help you. And this is the reason that 3,000 Iranians are sheltered in Albania. They are in our faith, and Albanian faith is a word large, like world. We are waiting to see you soon back in Tehran.”

 

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MOIS activities trying to blame the opposition for the terror plot to bomb Free Iran rally in Paris

Regime’s Strategy to Avoid Responsibility for Terrorist Plot Involves Blaming MEK

MOIS activities trying to blame the opposition for the terror plot to bomb Free Iran rally in Paris

A website dedicated to exposing Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) activities against the Iranian opposition, the MEK.

A meeting of the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council was convened by order of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in an attempt to minimize the political damage due to its failed terrorist plot to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s annual Grand Gathering in Paris and the subsequent arrest of agents acting on behalf of the regime, including an Iranian regime diplomat. The regime also commissioned its Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Intelligence, the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards intelligence, and the state-run media to assist in damage control, as the regime continues to deal with the unfolding scandal.

The regime has employed a number of strategies to try to minimize the damage caused by their failed terrorist plot and to avoid the consequences of their actions.

Claim that the MEK Framed Assadi

The regime immediately defaulted to their usual strategy of blaming the MEK for their own attack on their organization. This is an old trick that the regime uses to attempt to escape culpability when they are caught in an attack on the MEK. In this case, the regime claimed that the MEK trapped the terrorist-diplomat to frame him in advance of regime President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Europe.

After the Belgium Prosecutor and Federal Security Agency released a statement about the arrest of the regime terrorists, the regime’s foreign minister said: “Just at the time the president’s visit to Europe begins, an Iranian operation is disclosed and its “perpetrators” are arrested.” He claimed that he would cooperate with authorities to clarify what he characterized as “just a deceptive operation to give a false address.”

Claim that the Couple Carrying Explosives Were MEK Members

In a furtherance of the regime’s absurd narrative,

Mohsen Rezai, former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the secretary of the regime’s Expediency Council, claimed that the couple who was arrested in Belgium with explosives were actually high-ranking members of the MEK. According to his logic, the couple wanted to be arrested for reasons that are unclear even with his explanation.  He claimed that the couple “contacted the diplomat and talked about their readiness to cooperate with Iran …” and that’s why “these two people met with our diplomat in a place where a package was exchanged which was recorded by closed-circuit cameras or by the [MEK].

“These two members of the [MEK] made themselves subject to the arrest, and confessed to such a plot led by the Iranian diplomat.” Rezai’s statement is nonsense in the purest sense of the word.

Belgian Authorities Refute Regime’s Claims against MEK

Belgian authorities revealed the absurd claims made by the regime’s Supreme Security Council. A police official in Belgium who reviewed those claims, as well as the facts of the case, said this:

“In Luxembourg, there was a meeting that was under control, and all together (security services from different countries) quickly worked to discover the bomb and arrest Assadi. The regime seems to have hoped that the bombing would be seen as a PMOI’s internal issue, which was a theory that could have been credible, but when we arrested their people during the act, the situation changed.” ( BuzzFeed website- July 11, 2018)

Attempts at Denial by Those Desperate to Appease the Mullahs

The MOIS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed a victory by commissioning some of those in Europe and the U.S. who hope to appease the regime to act as if the terrorist act was somehow planned by rogue agents within the regime without the knowledge of the Rouhani government. Daniel Benjamin, the counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of State during the Obama administration, furthered this narrative, saying that he could not eliminate the possibility that the act was carried out by radical security agents in the Iranian government to embarrass Rouhani or destabilize the government. It should be noted that Benjamin has a history of hostility toward the MEK.

Regime Increases  Threats against MEK Members in Albania

The regime ordered the Quds Force and MOIS stations outside of Iran to recruit indigenous elements in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo to carry out terrorist threats against the MEK in Albania. Regime-controlled media overseas has been instructed to create fake films and reports about the MEK in these countries to set the stage for attacks.

IRGC Steps Up its Activities

As a result of the fallout from the scandal, the IRGC was ordered to expand the scope of its intelligence and espionage activities against the MEK.

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Sufis Denied Legal Rights, Refuse to Appear Before Court

Daravish Gonabadi denied rights to defend themselves, refuse to appear in court.

The persecution of religious minorities in Iran- The Dervishes Gonabadi arrested

On Monday, September 16th, Sepideh Moradi, and Shokufeh Yadollahi, two Iranian Sufi women, both refused to appear in court to respond to charges resulting from protests on February 19th by Iran’s Gonabadi Sufi in northern Tehran. Their refusal was in protest of the denial of defense counsel for Sufi prisoners and the failure on the part of prison authorities to observe due process of law.

Sepideh Moradi was summoned to the 15th Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran by Judge Salavati on July 14, 2018. Declaring that Sufi prisoners have been denied their legal right to attorneys, she refused to appear in court.

Sepideh Moradi and Shokoufeh Yadollahi are two of a total of eleven Sufi, or Dervish, women who have been detained in Qarchak (Shahr-e Ray) Prison since February of this year. The women were participants in an anti-government protest by the country’s Gonabadi Dervishes in Tehran.

When suppressive forces arrived, the protest grew into a violent confrontation between the demonstrators and security forces, and a number of Sufi protesters were arrested. The women were beaten severely when they were arrested and were interrogated late into the night, verbally abused, and threatened.

Sepideh Moradi and Shokoufeh Yadollahi went on a hunger strike beginning on Monday, June 11th, to protest their treatment by guards at the prison.

Two other members of the Sufi Gonabadi Order who were arrested, Mohammad Karimaei and Sekhavat Salimi, also refused to appear in court in protest.

Mohammad Karimaei, who is currently being held at the Great Tehran Penitentiary, cited the questions submitted by the Revolutionary Court as examples of inquisition. In refusing to appear in court, he declared that he is protesting his denial to legal representation and the court’s failure to comply with its own legal procedures in the handling of his case.

Sekhavat Salimi refused to appear before the court, saying that, “[s]ince no questions are asked except for ideological questions at the revolutionary court and there is not a lawyer advocating our legal rights, so I do not attend court.”

The February 19th protest was sparked by the arrest of Nematollah Riahi, a member of the Gonabadi Dervish community, the day before. Protesters gathered in front of Police Station 102 on Pasdaran Avenue in northern Tehran to demonstrate. Clashes occurred after security forces arrived to suppress the protesters. The Dervishes said that the police provoked the violence and posted photos from the night of men with bandaged and bloodied faces from security forces. At least 300 Sufis were arrested.

Another Sufi arrested during the February 19th protests, 51-year-old bus driver Mohammad Salas, was executed by the regime on June 18th after a sham trial, despite international pleas from human rights groups, including Amnesty International. Salas was tortured and coerced into a confession that he later retracted, denied a lawyer, and convicted despite evidence that he was arrested before the crime he was convicted for occurred.

The persecution of religious minorities in Iran is part of the regime’s repressive measures to intimidate the public and has nothing to do with Islam.  That’s why from the outset, one of the major areas, where the main opposition to the regime – the MEK– has been focusing on, has been to expose the anti-Islamic treatment of the religious minorities under the guize of Islam.

The political platform of the MEK includes several key values that are diametrically opposed to the situation currently unfolding for the Sufi community in Iran. Some of these values are:

Religion and State: The Iranian regime has a long history of oppressing Sufis and other religious minorities. The MEK condemns discrimination against the followers of any religion or denomination.

Judicial System: The MEK believes in the rule of law and justice. A modern judicial system will be based on the principles of presumption of innocence, the right to defense, effective judicial protection and the right to be tried in a public court. Judges will have total independence. The mullahs’ Sharia law will be abolished.

Human Rights: The MEK is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international covenant and conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Death Penalty: The MEK is committed to the abolition of the death penalty.

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Commemoration of 30,000 MEK supporters executed during 1988 massacre of Political prisoners

Regime Change is the Only Way to Bring an End to Iran’s Human Rights Abuses

Commemoration of 30,000 MEK supporters executed during 1988 massacre of Political prisoners

Members of MEK raise photos of some of the fallen heroes and heroins of MEK, for standing to the criminal regime in Iran

The Iranian regime has systematically abused the population to maintain its grip on power. In May 2018 alone, Human Rights organizations have documented 16 executions, five flogging sentences, 17 murders, the beating of protesters, the destruction of homes, and the forceful cutting off of a young girl’s hair for improper veiling.

The United Nations (UN), the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), and other human rights groups have collected extensive evidence of widespread human rights abuses under the mullahs’ regime. With no end to the atrocities insight and minimal assistance from the international community, the MEK has outlined its own plan to end the routine human rights abuses.

Crisis Point

The current situation is approaching a crisis point. As the protest movement in Iran intensifies, and the opposition groups get stronger, the regime becomes more repressive and violent. The more Rouhani feels his grip waning, the more violent and aggressive he becomes.

Iran now leads the world rankings in both the number of executions per capita and in the number of child executions per capita. For those that are spared the gallows, their fate is no better. There are more than 74 different forms of torture employed in Iranian prisons.

Under President Rouhani, the situation has deteriorated. Under the brutal regime of the mullahs, more than 120,000 activists mainly supporters of the MEK have been executed. Since Rouhani ascended to the presidency in 2015, over 3,200 people have been executed on various charges, in order to intimidate the public.

A Muted Response from the International Community

The response from the international community has done little to alleviate the plight of the Iranian people. The US introduced its latest round of sanctions at the end of May. However, economic sanctions have been employed in the past, to little effect.

The time for words and economic sanctions is over. Neither has proven effective in improving the human rights situation in Iran. The only way to protect the Iranian population from the bloodlust and barbarism of the mullahs is through regime change.

A Democratic Future for Iran

Understandably, the international community has been reluctant to endorse regime change. Governments fear that an Iran without the regime would quickly descend into chaos and anarchy. When Western governments had a hand in regime change in Libya and Iraq, the outcome left the countries in a chaotic spiral.

However, Iran is not like Iraq and Libya. Iran already has a viable democratic opposition government waiting to fill the power vacuum left behind by the regime. President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, already enjoys support both at home in Iran and from the international community and Western governments.

The NCRI’s ten-point plan is a comprehensive roadmap to a democratic Iran. It includes a detailed outline for the establishment of a peaceful, non-nuclear Iran with a secular government, universal suffrage, and an independent judiciary.

The international community must act now. The rampant executions, murders, beatings, and intimidations must end. The only way to put Iran on the path to peace, democracy, and economic freedom is through regime change. The MEK and the Iranian people need international allies in their struggle for a brighter future. It is time for Western governments to step up and be those allies.

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Map of Protests in Iran-April and May 2018

MEK Network: Teachers, Farmers, Workers Protest Regime

Map of Protests in Iran-April and May 2018

SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM OF RECENT PROTESTS IN IRAN-Credit to irane-ma.com

More protests took place across Iran this weekend, as the people of Iran continue to voice their dissatisfaction with the ruling regime and its policies. Based on reports from MEK network inside, demonstrations were held in the provinces of Fars, Hamadan, Bushehr, Khuzestan, and Isfahan. The protests came in response to a variety of issues, including water scarcity, low salaries, non-payment of wages, and water shortages.

Teachers Protest in Fars

The MEK network inside Iran reported that teachers in Shiraz, in Fars Province gathered in front of the provincial governorate on Sunday to burn their legal bills in protest of judicial sentences that have been issued to teachers.

One of the teachers was quoted as saying, “It is unfair to justify the delay in a fair increase in teachers’ salaries on the pretext of lack of funding.”

Farmers and Gardeners Protest In Western Isfahan

Farmers and gardeners from western Isfahan gathered on Saturday morning in front of the Isfahan Water Organization in the cities of Jowzdan, Najafabad, Qahderijan, Qaleh Sefid, Goldasht, Kahriz Sang, Asgharabad and Khomeyni Shahr to protest the lack of irrigation for their trees. The protesters are demanding sufficient water to irrigate their fields and gardens.

The agricultural sector has experienced severe shortages over the past few years as large volumes of water have been diverted from the Zayandehrud River to give to new factories and settlements.

Unemployed Cotton Factory Workers Protest in Semnan

A group of unemployed workers from the Semnan Cotton Factory gathered in front of the city’s governorate on Sunday to protest after a number of attempts to collect unpaid wages.

 

The nearly fifty workers of the Rainbow (Rangin Nakh) Cotton Company have been waiting since the company shut down in 2013 for their unpaid wages and severance benefits.

 

The workers say that they have gone to various government agencies over their five years of unemployment, but they have received no follow-ups to their filings and their situation remains unresolved.

Bus Company Drivers Strike in Hamadan

Drivers from the Hamadan and Suburbs Bus Company protested in the central terminal of the bus company on Sunday against unpaid wages, non-payment of last year’s bonuses, extra hours of work, and incompetence of Hamadan municipality officials.

 

The protesting drivers went on strike, demanding reductions in daily work hours and full payment of wages and last year’s bonuses.

 

People of Bushehr And Khuzestan Protest Water Scarcity

A crowd of citizens from Bushehr protested on Sunday against the lack of water and electricity in their city in front of the Bushehr governorate. The protest on Sunday was arranged after a previous call to protest.

 

The MEK network reported that on Saturday, a large group of citizens in Abadan gathered in front of the Abadan governorate in Khuzestan Province. The people were protesting the lack of drinking water in the Arvandkenar district.

 

The protesters held empty bottles as they demanded that the authorities remedy the situation with drinking water in the area and provide them with the water they need.

Water shortages have been a continuous problem across Iran, with the regime’s mismanagement of the

nation’s water resources leaving many Iranians without access to water.

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The Message Behind Iranian Regime’s Extreme Actions Against MEK

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A scene of daily protests in Iran, objecting the corrupt and inhumane policies of the dictatorship ruling Iran.

The Iranian regime has made international headlines over the past few weeks, after an attempted terrorist attack on the annual gathering of the Iranian opposition and supporters of the MEK, was foiled when the terrorists were arrested with 500 grams of explosives in Belgium. The mastermind of the planned attack, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat stationed in Vienna, was arrested in Germany and charged with espionage and conspiracy to commit murder for planning the attack.

 

Since the terrorist attack by the regime and its minions was thwarted on June 30th, many articles have been published in international media about the Iranian regime and the reasons for the attack.

 

The regime has repeatedly characterized the MEK as an organization with little power, but its actions prove differently. The regime, in fact, is afraid of the MEK, because it knows that it poses a viable alternative to the clerical regime, which is growing weaker each day. The Iranian regime is not only a government with the moral turpitude to carry out a terrorist act; it is also a government that would dispatch its diplomats to plan a terrorist attack against a resistance organization. This is a government desperate to hold onto power and terrified of the alternative to its rule. The regime is clearly afraid of the MEK and the threat it poses to its tenuous grip on power.

 

The regime took great risks to attempt this attack, and in fact, the attack failed, and an Iranian regime diplomat was arrested, causing massive upheaval within the ranks of the regime leadership and a diplomatic nightmare. For the regime to attempt such a daring terrorist attack and risk embarrassment on an international level, the fear of the MEK must have been great.

 

The MEK has always been the primary target of the mullahs’ ire, as it has been the group most likely to replace the mullahs’ tyrannical rule with democracy and freedom.

 

Recent reports indicate that the regime has resorted to sending its own people to staged rallies by those claiming to be part of the opposition movement. The Jomhouri daily published a report on June 26th about regime operatives infiltrating rallies:

“This crowd (of Khamenei operatives) have become so audacious that a number of them were seen directing a group of people towards the parliament with chants of ‘Long live Reza Shah’ (referring to the Pahlavi dynasty in power prior to the 1979 revolution). They were also escorted by the police. These people are the same group of individuals seen taking part in Friday prayers and the various marches.”

The regime grows more desperate by the day as the Iranian opposition (the MEK), grows stronger. It is clear that the ruling powers are afraid of the resistance. The people are ready for change. The time has come to make that change a reality.

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MEPs letter to Angela Merkel asking Iran's arrested diplomat to be extradited to Belgium

MEPs Demand Extradition of Iranian Regime Diplomat/Terrorist to Belgium in Letter to Merkel

MEPs letter to Angela Merkel asking Iran's arrested diplomat to be extradited to Belgium

MEPs write to Angela Merkel demanding extradition of Iran’s diplomat/terrorist to Belgium to be put on trial.

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian regime diplomat who has been charged by German authorities for espionage and conspiracy to commit murder, is now hoping to evade justice. Assadi has diplomatic immunity in Austria, so the Iranian regime has petitioned to have him extradited there, where he can then travel to Iran and avoid responsibility for masterminding the foiled terrorist plot against the annual gathering of the MEK supporters.

If the planned attack had been successful, hundreds of the 100,000 people in attendance could have been killed or injured in the regime’s latest attack on the MEK.

On Wednesday, 23 members of European Parliament wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking that she extradite Assadi to Belgium so that he may face justice. Assadi has no immunity in Belgium, where the couple who was to carry out the attack was arrested.

The following is the text of the letter from the MEPs:

Brussels- 11 July 2018

Letter from the European Parliament

The Hon. Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

As you know the German police have arrested an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Belgium, he has been connected to the terrorist plot to bomb the Paris gathering of the Iranian democratic opposition on 30 June. According to media reports, Assadi was based at the embassy in Vienna and was arrested en route to Austria on the A3 highway near Aschaffenburg (Germany) after handing over a bomb to two Belgian-Iranian agents in Luxembourg.

The Belgian government has publicly asked Germany for the extradition of Assadi to Belgium.

We have now received reliable information that the Iranian regime is trying to pervert the course of justice by putting pressure to rescue its diplomat who is held on a European arrest warrant on suspicion of terrorism, by having him returned to Austria, where he had diplomatic immunity.

According to press reports and legal experts, the diplomatic immunity of Assadi does not apply in this case, as the crime he is wanted for did not happen in the country where he had diplomatic immunity, and he was arrested while he was outside Austrian borders.

We are therefore very much concerned about this issue that the Iranian regime might use every pressure and intimidation to divert the course of justice.

As the rule of law and application of justice should never be compromised under any circumstances, the Iranian diplomat, Assadi, must be sent to Belgium to face justice as soon as possible.

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Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

European law enforcement in Germany, France, and Belgium are currently taking measures to prosecute the terrorists responsible for the Iranian regime’s failed attempt to attack the annual gathering of the Iranian opposition movement, supporters of MEK in Paris on June 30th. The regime and its officials have responded by using its state-run media to complain about the “unfairness” of the arrest of their agents, particularly Assadollah Assadi, a regime diplomat in Austria and the mastermind of the foiled terrorist attack. The regime has gone so far as to blame the MEK for the arrests.

A recent op-ed in the state newspaper Keyhan, a well-known mouthpiece for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, griped that “the dignity of the Iranian passport had been sullied”. This is in reference to Assadi’s diplomatic immunity, which was canceled following his arrest for espionage and conspiracy to commit murder by the German Prosecutor’s Office. The paper further wrote, “This arrest has no basis.” The regime seems determined to deny the evidence against its operatives, despite the investigations currently taking place by authorities in three European countries against Assadi and those charged with carrying out his orders.

Another article entitled “Decrypting Europe’s Anti-Iranian Scenario” was recently published in Vatan-e-Emrooz, another state newspaper with close ties to Khamenei’s circle. This article described the Assadi’s arrest as a European conspiracy against the regime. Vatan-e-Emrooz ominously warned that if the regime does not react strongly to the arrest, “the scenario will repeat itself in more intense ways.”

One regime MP, Gholam Ali Jafarzadeh, blamed the MEK for the situation, saying that the MEK is plotting to destroy relations between Europe and the Iranian regime. He advised regime President Hassan Rouhani to “closely monitor the events and react firmly.” He also stated the need for the regime to train its diplomats to avoid “stepping in the traps of the enemy.” This would appear to be an admonishment to the regime’s foreign ministry that they have not been effective in training its diplomats in terrorist activities and evading detection.

Regime officials recycled some old strategies from its playbook as well, claiming that the MEK staged the attack itself. They reasoned that no government would give its diplomats explosives to carry out a terrorist attack in a foreign country. The regime has used this line before when it has been caught carrying out terrorist attacks in Europe and other countries.

This lie by the regime rings particularly false in its hypocrisy and only serves to lessen the credibility of their other already dubious claims. It also shows how much they fear the MEK.

The fallout from the failed terrorist plot has also intensified the in-fighting among the various factions in the regime. Those authorities closely tied to Khamenei are demanding to know why Rouhani and his government have not managed to secure the extradition of Assadi from Germany custody.

As always, media in Iran only shows the tip of the iceberg. The arrest of Assadi and the other terrorists responsible for the failed attack on the NCRI gathering in Paris is causing upheaval in Tehran, and the full extent has yet to be seen.

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Pompeo Urges E.U. and U.K. to Take Firm Stance Against Iranian Regime

Secretary Pompeo in NATO Summit-July 2018

Archive Photo- Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses NATO Summit

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked European leaders to support the United States in its plans to cut off the Iranian regime from the world’s energy markets, according to an AFP report.

 

Pompeo made this request during talks in Brussels at the E.U.-U.S. Energy Council at this year’s NATO Summit. In attendance were Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir, Iraqi PM Haider Al Abadi, and E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

 

Pompeo’s stated commitment at the talks was to “address the full array of threats posed by Iran” and to have the Gulf partners “work together to promote regional security and stability, and stand against Iran’s destabilizing activities.”

Iran’s list of destabilizing activities includes its support of the Houthi terrorists in Yemen, its continued use of ballistic missiles, despite a U.N. resolution prohibiting the practice, its support of dictator Bashar Al Assad and his use of chemical weapons in Syria, its interference in Iraq’s elections, and its most recent terrorist plot to attack the Iranian opposition,(MEK), at their annual gathering in Paris.

Before the talks, Pompeo tweeted:

 

“Iran continues to send weapons across the Middle East, in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Iran’s regime wants to start trouble wherever it can. It’s our responsibility to stop it.”

He followed this tweet with another just before the talks began:

“We ask our allies and partners to join our economic pressure campaign against Iran’s regime. We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism and proxy wars. There’s no telling when Iran may try to foment terrorism, violence, and instability in one of our countries next.”

He attached a map of Europe to this tweet, marked with the location of the eleven known terror attacks that have been carried out by the regime or its proxy, Hezbollah since the regime took power in 1979.

 

The United States withdrew from the Joint Congressional Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, in May of this year, saying that the regime had repeatedly and flagrantly violated the terms of the deal. The U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA triggered the reinstatement of sanctions against the regime, largely affecting its oil industry, which accounts for much of Iran’s revenue.

 

The U.S. has since warned other countries to stop buying Iranian oil by November 4th or face sanctions themselves. The United States can sanction any transaction done with U.S. dollars. Almost every large transaction touches a U.S. financial institution at some point, and if it involves Iran, the United States says it will sanction that transaction. Whether the other signatories of the JCPOA comply or not might be irrelevant. The cost of doing business with terrorists will increase significantly starting on November 4th.

 

Other signatories of the nuclear deal include France, Germany, and the U. K. These countries are all attempting to save the deal, but as of right now, there is no reason to believe they can protect themselves or their companies from U.S. sanctions.

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Attempted Terror Attack on Free Iran Convention Ordered by Khamenei, Rouhani

Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian regime diplomat and the mastermind behind the terror plot to bomb Free Iran gathering.

On Wednesday, July 11th, the German Federal Prosecutor announced that its judiciary had ordered the arrest of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat, on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Assadi was previously arrested on July 1st on a European warrant by German authorities near the city of Aschaffenburg on suspicion of aiding terrorists.

 

According to the statement, Assadi commissioned a terrorist attack on the Free Iran gathering in France on June 30th. He assigned a couple in Antwerp in March 2018 to carry out the attack and gave them 500 grams of the explosive TATP in Luxemburg in late June.

 

The statement noted that Assadi was a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), whose primary tasks “include the intensive observation and combating of opposition groups inside and outside of Iran.” The German Prosecutor’s statement added that its judiciary warrant would not hinder the request from Belgium for Assadi’s extradition.

 

The couple who was arrested in Belgium for attempting to carry out the attack was previously described by Belgian authorities as members of a regime sleeper cell that had been under the direction of Assadi for years (De Standaard- July 4th). A Belgian judicial spokesman was quoted as saying, “Practically all employees of Iranian embassies are part of the Iranian Secret Service.” (NBCnews.com- July 6th).

Reliable sources inside the regime say that the regime’s Supreme Leader, President, Foreign and Intelligence Ministers, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization, and the Deputy for Political-Security Affairs at Khamenei’s office planned the attack months ago. The MOIS was tasked with carrying out the operation, with Assadi heading up the terrorist planning in his role as MOIS station chief in Austria.

 

Assadi’s chief responsibility as a regime diplomat in Vienna, working under the guise of Third Counselor, was espionage and conspiracy against the MEK. He has used his diplomatic status to travel to a number of European countries to achieve this goal.

 

The regime is seeking to have Assadi extradited to Austria and ultimately to Iran in order to evade responsibility for his actions. The regime has attempted to deny the plot entirely as well, with Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describing the investigation as a false flag plot. The regime’s flimsy denial, paired with its desperate attempts to extradite Assadi show that it is gravely concerned about the situation.

 

Assadi has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity.

 

The Iranian Resistance movement, including the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK, have called for the closure of the regime’s embassies and representative offices, and the expulsion of terrorist diplomats and the MOIS and Quds Force agents, in accordance with

the decision of the Council of Europe on April 29, 1997, which stipulated that the mullahs’ mercenaries and intelligence and security agents should be expelled from European Union Member States and not allowed to enter EU Member States.(#ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists)

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and an advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, issued a statement on this highly sensitive subject.

“This accentuates the growing sense that the regime that is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world is increasingly weakened by constant large demonstrations in over 140 cities. It is also becoming apparent that Madam Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI pose a realistic alternative to this homicidal regime.”

 

 

 

 

 

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