MEK Iran: Trial of Iranian Diplomat on Terror Charges Due for November
Whoever is the incoming U.S. President after the 3rd November election will no doubt take a keen interest in the upcoming trial of an Iranian diplomat in Belgium later that month on terror charges.
If Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat stationed at Iran’s Vienna Embassy, is charged with organizing a bomb attack against an Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), rally near Paris in France in June 2018. Assadi will be jointly charged with three alleged accomplices, who according to Belgian prosecutors were recruited to do the dirty work while Assadi took a convenient holiday in Germany.
The significance of the trial is more than just bringing terrorists to justice. Assadi, if charged will be the first serving diplomat in Europe to be charged. Assadi, according to the main Iranian opposition organization, the Mojahedin-e Khalk or MEK, was deliberately stationed in Vienna to head Iran’s murky European sphere of terrorism activities. Iran has been counting on Europe turning a blind eye to what mischief it gets up to outside its own borders, but a successful prosecution could start a new era in curtailing Iran’s terrorism objectives.
Threats & terrorist plan by Assadi indicate Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism
Experience has shown that the only effective policy to counter the unbridled terrorism of the ruling mullahs in #Iran is to adopt a decisive approach.https://t.co/FzPBcN0Iv6 pic.twitter.com/lpAQJ6fE2V
— Dowlat Nowrouzi (@DowlatNowrouzi) October 13, 2020
Assadi is accused of providing 500g of TAPT high explosives to the two Iranian-Belgian operatives who had been recruited to bomb the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Free Iran rally in Villepinte, near Paris. The main target would have been the NCRI’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, but if the bomb attack had actually been successful, many hundreds of NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters may have been injured or killed as well as foreign attendees, including a contingent from the U.S. President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was one of these, together with several U.S. senators and ex-senators and European parliamentarians.
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, delivers his speech as he attends the National Council of Resistance of #Iran (NCRI), meeting in Villepinte, near Paris, France, June 30, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignauhttps://t.co/Bhmi4wGFAi#IStandWithMaryamRajavi#FreeIran2018 pic.twitter.com/IS9Z4rugOY
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) June 30, 2018
Fortunately, a joint operation between German, French, and Belgian forces managed to prevent the attack from happening and arrest the three operatives and Assadi. They have been imprisoned since their arrest pending trial.
Iran, meanwhile, has rejected the charges laid against Assadi. The diplomat has not made any statement about his involvement in the attack. The regime in Iran has said that the arrest has followed allegations made by the MEK, whose aim is to replace the Iranian theocracy with a free democratic, and secular Iran.
The NCRI has for a long time urged European governments to close down Iranian diplomatic offices in Europe as they are no more than bases for the country’s secret service, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
New Threat by #Iran Regime’s Diplomat-Terrorist Requires Firm EU Response.
Reuters reported that the #Iranian regime’s diplomat-#terrorist Assadollah Assadi has threatened Belgian authorities with further terrorist attacks if he is found guilty https://t.co/f1Vumh6HcC pic.twitter.com/5DtAy1AV1X
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 10, 2020
The administrator-general of the General Information and Security Service, Jaak Raes has made more or less the same statement about Iran’s embassies and consulates as the NCRI.
The bombing attempt was without much doubt planned and organized from Tehran. Assadi and his three accomplices had their orders and supply of equipment from Tehran and did not work in isolation from the MOIS. The Iranian regime is becoming under increasing pressure to deal with mounting dissent in Iran and the growing influence of the Iranian resistance movement. Seen in that context, the bomb attack was just one more attempt to destroy or at least curtail the activities of the NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran) its constituent organizations.
Le Monde writes of a bomb made with acetone peroxide that was controlled remotely. The Bomb targeted to explode on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte – #Paris
The blast wave could have spread 20 meters and claimed many lives #ExpelIranDiplomatTerroristshttps://t.co/z0gkNpd2QB
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) October 12, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi had called for a “year full of uprisings” at the beginning of 2018 and there were certainly a number of big protests that year within Iran as well as the activities of the NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran), outside of Iran such as the very rally targeted by Assadi. The protests continued in Iran in 2019, with one of the biggest protests taking place across Iran in November 2019 which was violently put down, resulting in the deaths of 1,500 protesters.
The trial of Assadollah Assadi represents an opportunity for European governments to expel Iran’s diplomatic presence to forestall what may be an inevitable further terror attempt on European soil aimed at destroying the Iranian opposition once and for all, amidst rising anger and dissent in Iran itself.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 16, 2019
Tags: Iran human rights, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Iran Terrorism, IRGC, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), NCRI, People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI