MEK: EU Iran Business Forum Participants Should Hang Their Heads in Shame
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that a business forum between the EU and Iran is going to go ahead despite the continual human rights abuses in Iran.
The participants hang their heads in shame
The brutality of the regime and its clearly exposed terrorism tactics outside its own borders should make the participants hang their heads in shame. The EU, and in particular, the EU’s head of foreign policy Josep Borrell, has conveniently ignored everything the regime in Iran has done over the years and put Europe’s economic interests dubiously ahead of the security of ordinary Europeans and the welfare of Iranians.
The forum was canceled last December after the regime in Tehran taunted the EU by threatening to execute a dual national, Ruhollah Zam. Zam had been lured to Iran, his birthplace from his residence in France. He was arrested like so many before him on trumped-up charges and sentenced to death. Iran then executed him just as it has done almost every day for the duration of its time in power. Iran is the world’s leader in state executions per head of population.
Iran diplomat was a criminal offense in Europe
The execution of Zam also took place while one of the regime’s trusted diplomat terrorists, Assadollah Assadi, appointed to the Iranian Embassy in Vienna was waiting to hear about the sentence that was about to be imposed on him and his three accomplices after the attempted bombing of the Free Iran rally by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported in Villepinte, near Paris in June 2018.
Assadi was finally sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court, the first time that a serving diplomat was convicted of a criminal offense in Europe. The links between Assadi and the regime in Iran were clearly spelled out by Belgian prosecutors.
Josep Borrell decided the Business Forum could go ahead
Despite the Assadi case, the execution of Ruhollah Zam, a European resident, and the ongoing repression in Iran and export of terror elsewhere, Josep Borrell decided that everything was forgiven and the Business Forum could go ahead. It is scheduled to start in Tehran on Monday, March 1, 2021.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose role in the Assadi bomb attempt has been exposed by the Iranian opposition, will share the stage with Josep Borell at the Forum.
A virtual conference held by the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice has spelled out the dangers of the EU’s attitude towards Iran and the message that holding the Business Forum will give to the regime leaders.
As Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a former vice president of the European Parliament who took part in the conference said, “If the answer of Borrell and the European Council to [Assadi’s] foiled attack is to have a business conference with the regime, the regime will conclude that they can organize another attack bigger than the previous one.”
A former Member of the European Parliament from Portugal, Paulo Casaca, another participant at the conference said that Borell was using European taxpayers’ money to support the propaganda by Zarif.
The U.S. had imposed sanctions on Zarif back in 201 labeling him a minister of propaganda rather than a foreign minister. Zarif has consistently denied any abuses taking place in Iran while at the same time doing his best to persuade the Belgian authorities to release Assadollah Assadi based on a false claim of diplomatic immunity.
Iranian terror cells located throughout Europe
Assadi was in fact arrested in Germany, not Austria where he had a diplomatic posting. When arrested on his way back to Vienna he was found with details of people and places he had visited all over Europe.
The suspicion was that In addition to the attempt to blow up the Iranian opposition’s rally in June 2018 he was actually the “controller” of Iranian terror cells located throughout Europe.
The online conference participants came to the firm conclusion that the decision to go ahead with the Business Forum was a strategic mistake and would in the end do more harm than good by supporting the regime’s own contention that they were immune from any criticism of their abuse of power.
As Struan Stevenson, a former Scottish MEP suggested at the conference, “instead of the 3-day business forum with the Iranian regime,” Stevenson offered, “why not hold a 3-day conference to highlight the oppression, rampant human rights abuse, the escalation in the number of executions taking place in Iran?
Why not hold a 3-day discussion on the massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988? Why not discuss the 1,500 unarmed protesters who were gunned down by the IRGC in the nationwide uprising? Why not hold a 3-day conference to discuss the mullahs’ aggressive warmongering in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon?”