Iran: Trial of Iran’s Terrorist Diplomat in Belgium
On Friday 27th November, the trial of a terrorist diplomat for the Iranian regime started in Belgium. Three of his accomplices are on trial. Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat at the regime’s embassy in Vienna, plotted an attack against the Iranian Resistance. Had the plot not been foiled, two of these accomplices would have detonated a bomb at the Free Iran rally held by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) just outside Paris in June 2018.
This trial is welcome news to the Iranian Resistance (NCR) and (PMOI / MEK Iran) because it is the first time an Iranian diplomat is facing trial for terrorist activity, but it is certainly not the first time an Iranian regime diplomat has been involved with such activities.
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
The Iranian regime is rather nervous about the trial. And so it should be. The regime tried everything it could to stop the trail going ahead and it has even tried to influence the court – but to no avail. Some of the details and conclusions that will emerge from the case should make all European governments reconsider their policies towards Iran.
To stop the trial going ahead, the regime predictably used bribery and the promises of a profitable trade, and then even more predictably it resorted to terrorist threats. It has even been taking hostages.
With regards to the terrorist threats that were made, Belgian officers were told that armed groups in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran would be closely monitoring developments to see what side Belgium chooses. It was a risky threat to make, one that didn’t pay off and in fact one that further strengthens the argument that the Iranian regime is so heavily involved with terrorism.
The #Iran regime diplomat charged with being a terrorist did not attend the first court session of his trial. The information revealed during the first days of this trial has affirmed that Assadi’s thwarted terrorist plot by the mullahs' regime against #MEK #WeStand4FreeIran pic.twitter.com/5ovBqPJT31
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 4, 2020
There has been a lot of media coverage about the trail around the world and the emphasis has been on the fact that this is the first official diplomat to be tried for terrorist activities. Many media outlets have also been reporting that the diplomat committed the crime on the Iranian regime’s behalf.
The prosecutor has called for Assadi to be given a 20-year prison sentence, and 18 and 15 years for these three accomplices.
The trial can be considered a legal affirmation of the Iranian regime’s terrorist nature and it is a pivotal moment for the Iranian Resistance (NCR) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), which has been warning the international community of exactly this for many years.
European governments now have a choice between trade or justice. For far too long, many European countries have turned a blind eye to the regime’s belligerence in favor of trade with Iran. The Iranian regime has been carrying out blatant acts of terrorism on European soil and this trial is just shedding more light on it.
The Iranian Resistance: “For the international community, it is clear that Assadollah Assadi’s trial is not the prosecution of an individual but an entire regime, “state-sponsored terrorism.”https://t.co/UwyyNPaIbA #MEK #Iran pic.twitter.com/EadcMlUk00
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 3, 2020
It is expected or hoped, that European nations will close down the Iranian regime’s embassies to put a stop to the espionage and terrorist activities that are coordinated there. Also, there are hopes that European countries will designate both the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to further curb the regime’s activities.