MEK Iran: Mullah Regime’s Terrorist Diplomat Sentenced by Belgian Court to 20 Years in Prison
Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian diplomat turned terrorist that was based in the Iranian regime’s Vienna embassy has been convicted for plotting to attack the Iranian opposition group, The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), just outside Paris in June 2018.
Mullahs regime tried its hardest to stop the trial
The Belgian court sentenced him to 20 years in prison – the maximum sentence requested by prosecutors.
The Iranian regime has been very concerned about the trial, the outcome, and the eventual consequences. It tried its hardest to stop the trial going ahead in the first place and it has mentioned on numerous occasions that Assadi has diplomatic immunity.
These claims were rejected – firstly because diplomatic immunity does not extend the whole way across the EU, and secondly, the nature of the charges are too serious to be ignored.
Assadi would not even testify during the trial and did not attend today’s hearing in Antwerp. His three accomplices were also given lengthy sentences.
Assadi’s three accomplices were also given lengthy sentences.
Amir Saadouni and Nasimeh Naami were handed 15 years and 18-year sentences respectively. They were the ones that Assadi handed the Iran-made and tested bomb to.
They would have been the ones detonating it, as close as possible to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, as instructed. The fourth defendant, Mehrdad Arefani, was given a 17-year sentence.
It was made clear during the trial that Assadi was not an alone terrorist – he was working in coordination with and on the orders of the Iranian regime. High-level officials were certainly involved in the plot.
High-level officials were certainly involved in the plot
The timing of the conviction is critical due to the change of administration in the US. There have been hopes among Iranian officials and lobbyists that President Joe Biden would re-join the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that his predecessor excited because of the Iranian regime’s non-compliance.
Although the court emphasized that Iran was not on trial, it did make it clear that Assadi and the three accomplices were part of a cell that is working for Iran’s intelligence services. The court acknowledged that these four individuals have been gathering information and identifying targets from the regime’s political opposition – the MEK.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi was the main target of the attack
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the target of the attack and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on all countries in the European Union to take action in light of this ruling.
She said that each EU country should recall its ambassadors from Iran. Mrs. Rajavi also emphasized that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani had given their approval for the plot to be carried out.
The EU needs to rethink its relations with mullahs
Had the attack gone ahead, there could have been hundreds or thousands of casualties or fatalities. There were tens of thousands of people in attendance at the Free Iran gathering in June 2018, with dozens of prominent speakers from around the world.
It is clear that the EU needs to rethink its relations with Iran. The regime has proven once again that it deserves to be named the number one state sponsor of terrorism, so it is on the EU’s shoulders to treat it as such.