MEK: EU Must Hold Iran to Account for Terrorism
In less than one month, the international community will be able to hold the Iranian regime to account for its role in global terrorism when, for the first time ever, a high-ranking Iranian diplomat will go on trial in Europe over terrorism.
On November 27, Assadollah Assadi will face justice over his attempt to bomb a 100,000 people-strong rally for a Free Iran held in Paris in June 2018, organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
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
This attempt was thwarted by European authorities but not before Assadi had personally traveled from Austria to Belgium to hand over the explosives to the would-be terrorists, which not only proved his personal involvement but also meant that he did not have diplomatic immunity because he left Austria, so police were able to arrest him in Germany.
— Alejo Vidal-Quadras (@VidalQuadras) October 29, 2020
Alejo Vidal-Quadras, President of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ), wrote: “Had it been successful, the bomb plot might have killed hundreds, including any number of the high-profile dignitaries…There is little question that the main target was Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. That outcome seems more feasible than many Western policymakers would be inclined to admit.”
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
The former vice-president of the European Parliament continued: “It was apparently on the basis of widespread concerns about a new revolution that the regime ordered its diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, to spearhead an operation intended to deliver a devastating blow to the Resistance movement NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran). Those concerns, in turn, stem from the reality of large-scale protests that have rocked Iran under the mullahs’ rule throughout much of its existence, but especially in the past three years.”
These protests began over economic concerns in Mashhad at the end of December 2017 before it quickly became about regime change, with a common chant being “death to the dictator”, and spread across 150 cities.
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— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) December 28, 2017
Vidal-Quadras said that European policymakers need to wake up to the people’s calls for regime change or else risk more terror plots as a result of their appeasement of the mullahs, stressing that some policymakers are still content to ignore Iran’s bad behavior. He praised the European Union and the Belgian government for prosecuting Assadi but said that it would take more than “a single guilty verdict and prison sentence” to correct their policy mistakes.
Rajavi said: “The policy of appeasement has greatly emboldened the regime over the past 40 years to the extent that their diplomat, who is arrested, makes threats of more terrorist operations even from inside prison.”