MEK Iran: European Countries Must Hold Mullah Regime Accountable for Human Rights Abuses
The trial of an Iranian diplomat accused of plotting a terrorist attack against the Iranian opposition, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI / MEK Iran), on European soil started at the end of November last year. During the trial, it became very clear that the Iranian regime really is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
Trial of a terrorist-diplomat
A sentence is due to be handed down to Assadollah Assadi on 22nd January. He used his diplomatic privileges to get explosives into Europe and handed them over to a couple that was to detonate them just outside Paris in June 2018.
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
Thankfully the plot was foiled by European authorities but the implications of the attack could have been devastating with tens of thousands of attendees, including high-ranking officials and dignitaries from Europe, the United States, and around the world that came to speak at the event.
European governments have been very reluctant to act against the Iranian regime, with the majority preferring to continue policies of appeasement. Many European officials have said that it is preferable to appease the Iranian regime to allow it to become more moderate.
However, this is nothing but a myth because the Iranian regime has exploited appeasement policies for years. It is clear that the Iranian regime sees appeasement as a weakness and as a green light for its belligerence to continue seeing as it will not be challenged.
There are high hopes that policies towards Iran now change, especially with everything that has come to light during the Assadi trial in Belgium.
There is no way that Western leaders can turn a blind eye to what the regime is responsible for, not just its belligerence across the Middle East, but its continual terror plots and assassinations on European soil. Once Belgium has announced its ruling, many hope that the case against Iran will be reinforced during another case in Sweden in which the defendant, a former member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an interrogator and a former deputy prosecutor with involvement in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, will be held to account for his crimes.
The 1988 massacre
The 1988 massacre was one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in recent history in which 30,000 political prisoners, Many of the victims were either members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). were executed and the perpetrators have still not been held to account. Not only have they enjoyed impunity, but many of them have risen through the ranks to occupy high-level government and leadership positions.
This case in Sweden will hopefully make it clear to the Iranian regime that even its past actions will not be forgotten. There have been massive campaigns for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre and the case is being allowed to continue based on universal jurisdiction that will allow the judiciary in Sweden to file charges against someone who has committed a crime against international law outside the country.
If the case in Sweden comes out in favor of human rights, it is a sign that justice is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, it will not just be a sign that Sweden refuses to let human rights abuses and crimes go unpunished, but also an opportunity for more European countries to adopt the same stance.