MEK: Demands for Accountability from Iran Strengthen as EU Foreign Ministers Meet
Last Monday, a discussion meeting took place in Brussels, attended by foreign ministers from the EU member states. There was some attention given to the Iranian regime which has opened a can of worms with regards to cordial relations between the countries.
Conviction of Iran’s Diplomat-Terrorist
This was after guilty verdicts were announced in a Belgian court for four Iranian agents who were arrested following a failed mission of trying to coordinate the bombing of an Iranian expatriate meeting close to Paris.
The main defendant in court was Assadollah Assadi, whose role outside Iran was a counselor at the Iranian embassy in Vienna at the time of the 2018 plot. This recent trial determined that he had smuggled 500 grams of TATP explosive into Europe using his diplomatic passport so that he would not be apprehended in the process.
The explosives were taken confiscated from two of Assadi’s joint agents when they were on their way to France from Belgium. There were at least 100,000 participants at the meeting by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) which was the target for the bomb attack so if the act had been successful there would have been many deaths.
The main target was the Iranian Resistance leader
The person who was the main target was the Iranian Resistance leader, Maryam Rajavi, who when in the process of delivering the events she was positioned close to important people like scholars and political dignitaries who were there to support the resistance movements’ demand to install democracy in Iran.
There are critics of the current Iranian regime from throughout the world and this thwarted attack is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the endless possibilities of Iranian agents overseas plotting similar terrorist attacks targeting Iran’s opposition movement.
Assadi was convicted and sentenced 3 weeks ago and since then there have been calls from throughout the world for more accountability of the Iranian regime when such incidents take place involving their agents abroad.
The demonstration by Iranian expatriate
The demonstration in Schuman Square, close to the EU’s headquarters, drew attention to the Assadi case and urged the EU to acknowledge the incident and condemn Iranian state-backed terrorism abroad. As a result of this rally a statement signed by more than 200 Iranian communities from at least 12 EU member states as well as the UK, US, Canada, and Australia.
The statement was addressed to European Council President Charles Michel and EU head of foreign policy Josep Borrell. It described the regime’s state terrorism as the outcome of “gross and systematic human rights violations inside Iran.” The statement also alluded to the regime’s eagerness to install nuclear weapons.
Human rights violations in Iran
Another point made in the statement was that western nations had said little about human rights violations in Iran so the regime has continued to conduct arrests, executions, and inflicted torture on its people. The west is afraid of Iran and its growing nuclear capability.
Some British MPs released a statement on Friday, highlighting inaction by the UK and the EU on condemning the actions of the Assadi. Bob Blackman, David Jones, and Steve McCabe each signed the statement on behalf of the International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran, which has taken the position that “the UK and EU must prioritize efforts to end Iran’s state terrorism” ahead of current priorities such as preserving the Iran nuclear deal and maintaining ordinary diplomatic relations.
Lord Alton of Liverpool statement
Lord Alton of Liverpool, a member of the British House of Lords, joined that statement as its 4th signatory while also issuing his own statement directed at Dominic Raab, the UK’s foreign secretary. He said “Global Britain must have the courage to take the lead in Europe to address the serious threats of Iran’s state terrorism.
Alton also said that “The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, who is responsible for the mission and conducts of the Iranian diplomats abroad, shares responsibility for the criminal conduct of Iran’s diplomats and must be held accountable for his role in this foiled terrorist bombing.
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