MEK Iran: Mullah Regime’s Foreign Minister Will Not Accept Belgian Court Ruling
It was announced earlier this month by the Belgian court that tried Assadollah Assadi – the Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomat that masterminded a plot against the regime’s political opposition, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) that he would spend 20 years in prison.
Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomat
This was the maximum sentence that prosecutors could demand considering there were no fatalities (because the plot was foiled before it could be carried out).
The Iranian regime tried its hardest to stop Assadi’s trial from going ahead, insisting heavily on diplomatic immunity. The regime’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, spoke last week about the efforts to protect Assadi, saying that even though the Austrian, Belgian, and German authorities would not recognize diplomatic immunity, the foreign ministry is working hard to “protect his rights as a diplomat and secure his return to Iran”. He emphasized that these efforts are ongoing.
Diplomatic immunity was not applicable
It was made clear during the trial that diplomatic immunity was not applicable to Assadi for two reasons – firstly, he was out of the jurisdiction, and secondly, the charge was related to terrorism (and immunity would have been removed had he been in his country of service).
The regime’s foreign ministry issued a statement about the verdict on its website, saying that the Belgian court’s ruling was “illegal” and a breach of international law. The statement said that the ruling “amounted to a violation of Belgium’s commitments with regards to Iran”. The conclusion was that Iran “does not recognize the court verdict, whatsoever”.
The network of Iranian secret agents
The Belgians consider Assadi to be an agent of the Iranian regime’s intelligence service (MOIS) rather than just a diplomat. He was in charge of a network of Iranian secret agents and spies and authorities uncovered a mountain of evidence linking Assadi to the terror attack that was plotted against The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) at its annual Free Iran gathering not far from Paris in June 2018.
Instructions for the bomb that was to be used were found, as well as a cash book detailing payments to agents across Europe. Belgian media also reported on the regime’s pressure tactics, saying that the Belgian ambassador in Iran is being pressured.
High-level regime officials involved in the plot
High-level regime officials have been implicated in the terrorist plot that could have killed or seriously injured hundreds, if not thousands, of people. It has been shown that the Iranian foreign minister and the intelligence minister were directly aware of the facts surrounding the planned attack.
Nevertheless, regime officials tried to divert the blame, even going as far as to say that the plot was a “false flag operation”. Why the Iranian Resistance would want to attack itself is puzzling, but the regime has a long history of such tactics so it is not surprising.
The regime’s conduct during this trial should not be ignored. The regime’s attempts to protect its terrorist agents say a lot about its malign intentions. Unless foreign leaders and policymakers address this decisively, we are just going to see a continuation of such plots.