MEK Iran: Mullah regime’s Calls for Retaliation Against Europe Following Conviction of Terrorist Diplomat
At the beginning of the month, a court in Belgium announced its verdict in the case of 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).
Assadi was given a maximum of 20 years as demanded by prosecutors.
This is a major blow to the Iranian regime and officials in Iran have called for “retaliation”. These calls for payback have served only to reinforce the regime’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism.
State-run media outlets have been commenting on the case and the aftermath. The Mizan news agency said that the Europeans are “politicizing” the Assadi case. It also said that Assadi was tried in absentia because the Belgians would not recognize his diplomat immunity.
Diplomatic immunity could not be applied
The Belgian authorities have already responded to the regime’s attempts to put a halt to the trial because of the diplomatic immunity issue. They have said that because of the jurisdiction immunity could not be applied. Furthermore, the nature of the charges – terrorism – would not allow for diplomatic immunity in any case.
Belgium’s laws allow authorities to arrest an individual when there are plans to commit mass murder. It is international law that allows for the arrest of an individual in these circumstances, as well as stripping them of diplomatic immunity.
The Mizan publication also called for retaliation, saying that in this situation it is necessary. It wrote regarding Assadi’s incarceration that “Generally in Iran, this should be done through retaliation, which is one of the pillars of the international community and an international custom as the [regime] did in the case of South Korea’s debt. After [South Korea] refused our demand to pay its debt, we stopped the Korean ship under the pretext of polluting the Persian Gulf and the environment.”
Human rights abuses
After Assadi’s conviction, the United Nations condemned the Iranian regime for its human rights abuses once again. It is essential that European leaders react accordingly to the regime’s terrorist attempts, its human rights abuses, and its general belligerence.
Weak action or inaction is just sending a green light to the Iranian regime to continue with its malign behavior. It is clear by now that financial incentives and aid provided to Iran will only result in further terrorist plots and abuses of human rights.
There have been calls by the Iranian Resistance and the people of Iran to make all relations with these terrorists contingent on a halt to its destructive activities. It must be held to account. Had the plot against The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), not been foiled, there could have been hundreds, if not thousands, of fatalities.
The regime and the state-run media outlets are just proving to the international community that Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism. If foreign leaders and policymakers wanted to ignore the Assadi trial and the disturbing facts about the Iranian regime’s nature, surely they cannot ignore the calls for retaliation that regime officials and state media have been calling for?