MEK: Iranian Terrorist-Diplomat Assadi’s Trial’s Significance
The fact that arrested Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, has been reported threatening Belgian authorities with retribution if he is found guilty of his terrorism charge is an indication that the Iranian regime thinks it can get away with whatever it wants in Europe. Until recently, at least, the E.U. has pursued a policy of appeasement against the regime, which has simply emboldened it.
https://t.co/fDw1tKXyUQ: On June 30, 2018, a sophisticated bomb should have exploded during a meeting of the #NCRI a coalition of movements opposed to the authorities in Tehran. The attack plan had been foiled by extremists. #MEK #Iran https://t.co/Vihck8lA6j
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 10, 2020
Assadollah Assadi and his three accomplices are standing trial in Antwerp, Belgium next month. Assadi, the ex-3rd counselor at Iran’s Embassy in Vienna, has been accused of bringing in 500g of explosives under diplomatic immunity and then handing it over to his accomplices to do the dirty work in June 2018.
The plan was to set off a bomb at the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), Free Iran rally at Villepinte, near Paris, which would have led, if it had been successful, to hundreds, possibly more, dead and badly injured. Although the attack had been aimed at the main Iranian opposition movement, there would have been foreign visitors there in significant numbers. It could have been the worst terrorist attack on European soil this century.
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
Assadi may be the first Iranian diplomat to stand trial on a criminal charge, but it certainly isn’t the first time that the Iranian regime has attempted to assassinate Iranian opposition figures. The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI’s) Swiss representative, Dr. Kazem Rajavi, was assassinated in 1990 by Iranian agents under orders from the regime. Although some of the agents were arrested in France, most were released and sent back to Iran.
#Iran: Dr. Kazem Rajavi's Assassination To Be Investigated in the Context of Genocide, Crime Against Humanity
The UN Security Council and Europe must bring the #Iranian regime officials to justice.#NoImpunity4Mullahs #HumanRights https://t.co/aCnwsEj5ZH pic.twitter.com/IMQNujR7yv
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 13, 2020
The permissive attitude towards the mullahs from European governments has encouraged the regime to think it can do what it wants. The NCRI and its supporters of the (PMOI / MEK Iran) are hoping that Assadi’s trial will reveal the connection between the terrorist-diplomat and his masters in Tehran. The trial may very well make European authorities think about their relationship with the Iranian regime and whether they really want to encourage even more outrageous behavior on their own soil.
As former Italian foreign minister, Giulio Terzi has said: “We didn’t need the attempted terrorist attack in Villepinte to prove that the Iranian theocratic state is the number one terrorist state in the world.” “Europeans cannot wait any longer in increasing pressure across the board in all possible sectors of diplomatic relations. We cannot wait any longer to implement a strategy of maximum pressure against this regime of associates. Tehran must understand that it will pay the heaviest of the price,” he went on to say at the recent NCRI conference.
.@GiulioTerzi: Terrorism is in all #Iran regime embassies. It is unprecedented for a sovereign state, a UN member, to use its diplomatic apparatus to develop terrorist activities. #ExpelIranDiplomatTerroristshttps://t.co/hSHifBOGCj
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 22, 2020
A former French top security and counterterrorism official, Mr. Claude Moniquet, said that if not countered, the Iranian regime will continue to increase its terrorist activities across Europe against its perceived enemies. “Terror is just the political tool the mullah regime could decide to use at one moment. Where it is confronted, to try to advocate its interest and it goes,” he was reported as saying. “There was no real answer to the European answer to those terrorist threats and those terrorist actions. And Tehran understood that it was possible to threaten and even to attack Europe without having any price to pay.”
Claude Moniquet: The decision to resort to terrorism is carried out by the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, where there are key centers of power, including the supreme leader, the president, the speaker of parliament, and the IRGC commander. #MEK #Iran #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/oTAl9la4LD
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 22, 2020
Why did Tehran plan the attack against the rally in June 2018?
There were a number of reasons why the regime chose the June 2018 rally as a target. They have always had the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) in their sights, especially after they were transported in safety to Albania from Iraq. Their growing influence in Iran and in particular their role in major protests and uprisings puts them in the prime spot as a target for elimination.
Assadollah Assadi was just a pawn to be used by leading figures in the regime. The mission to assassinate Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and as many of the NCRI’s and (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters as possible was planned and approved by key figures in the theocracy. This included Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), and the IRGC commanders.
Robert Joseph, It is incumbent on all of us to stand up against terrorism. If we seek to appease those who commit these crimes, we would only encourage more attacks, more crimes, and we will be complicit in these crimes. #MEK #Iran pic.twitter.com/fXlwEP9vp8
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 22, 2020
Former U.S. Undersecretary of Arms Control, Robert Joseph, said to the NCRI’s recent conference: the bomb plot “was not an isolated case or an action of rogue agents. It is part of an orchestrated campaign directed at the highest levels of government in Tehran.”
The trial of an Iranian diplomat is therefore more than just that. It is a trial in absentia of the entire team of corrupt mullahs. If Assadi is convicted, it should send a message to Khamenei and his henchmen that terrorism is not to be tolerated on European soil.