MEK: Crushing Opposition in Iran Worth the Risk of Arrest for Terrorism
The Iranian regime is likely to suffer a setback when one of its best agents is finally sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence in Belgium. Assadollah Assadi is the only Iranian diplomat to suffer such an ignominious end.
Agents are finally sentenced to a lengthy prison
All other diplomats accused of terrorism have been sent packing back to Iran rather than face arrest.
The question is why Tehran even considered such a risky venture as the bombing of a public rally in the heart of Europe. Assadi was the mastermind behind Iran’s terrorist network across Europe and his three accomplices who were also caught and charged with terrorism were just some of the many people who were involved in Assadi’s network.
The bomb that Assadi had procured from Tehran and handed over to the two Iranian Belgians, Nasimeh Na’ami and Amir Saadouni, was going to be planted as close to the opposition leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, as possible.
The regime in Iran was steadfastly determined to do as much damage as possible to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and its constituent groups, even if the collateral damage was done by the bomb would have been far more widespread.
There were thousands of people attending the June 30th Free Iran Rally, organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), including many foreign politicians and dignitaries. Many of them were killed or at least seriously injured if the bomb attack hadn’t been forestalled by European authorities.
The court sentenced Assadollah Assadi
The court sentenced Assadollah Assadi to 20 years in prison for his leading role in plotting a bombing attack against a rally of the Iranian Resistance in 2018. Nasimeh Naami, one of the key operatives of the plot, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Mehrdad Arefani, a second agent, was sentenced to 17 years, and Amir Saadouni, a third agent of Assadi, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Naami, Saadouni, and Arefani, who were Belgian citizens, were stripped of their citizenship status due to their involvement in the plot. The court recognized all defendants as criminals and rejected Assadi’s claim to diplomatic immunity.
Assadi was working on the behalf of the leadership of the mullahs’ regime
Belgian prosecutors have made it quite clear that Assadi was working on the behalf of the leadership of the Iranian regime and not just by himself. The real culprits included the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and the regime president, Hassan Rouhani as well as the Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Minister of Intelligence and Security.
The regime back in the middle of 2018 was facing constant pressure from within as Iranians were increasingly disillusioned by its ability to solve economic and social issues.
Iranians had shown their displeasure by going out on the streets and protesting. It was the regime’s contention that the leadership behind these protests was the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MOI / MEK Iran) who had recently evaded elimination by finding safe refuge in Albania after escape from their base in Iraq.
The failed bomb attack and arrest of Assadi and his three accomplices meant that the regime’s detractors had even more reason to promote the anti-government protest.
Another large uprising took place at the end of 2019 in which many thousands were arrested and 1,500 killed by regime forces. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) on December 15, 2019.
Ukrainian commercial airplane shot down
Just a couple of months later, people went out on the streets yet again after the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces shot down a Ukrainian commercial airplane carrying many Iranians,
It would be foolish for the EU to ignore the Assadi trial and what was happening in their midst. The true protagonists must be exposed and brought to justice by the international community.
A failure to do so will mean that acts like the one planned in June 2018 are likely to continue, making Europeans that much less safe within their own boundaries.