MEK Iran: Regime In light of Appeal
Despite the fact that the architect of a 2018 Iranian terror plan has declined to appeal his 20-year sentence handed down by a Belgian court earlier this year, his three co-conspirators are currently fighting to have their 15 to 18-year sentences reduced or overturned. Their chances are low, given that their handler has implicitly admitted involvement, and European officials have produced clear evidence that two of the co-conspirators were given a device and caught while on their way to meet up with an operative who had already infiltrated the target venue.
size on June 30, 2018, was above 100,000 individuals
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) had held its annual Free Iran demonstration and conference just outside of Paris at that location. The device had 500 grams of high-explosive TATP, which, according to experts, would have killed hundreds of people in the real world. The ensuing mayhem would almost certainly have increased the death toll, especially because the crowd size on June 30, 2018, was above 100,000 individuals.
The vast majority of people in attendance were Iranian ex-pats and ethnic Iranians who had flown to Paris from all over the world to show support for their homeland’s cause of regime change and democratic governance.
This project is linked to the Mullahs Regime
Given that the keynote speaker and NCRI President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, was the main target of the bomb plan, the VIP area of the event would have accounted for a significant part of the casualties.
Belgian prosecutors stated unequivocally during Assadi’s trial that the terror plot originated at the top ranks of the Iranian leadership. Even before then, the NCRI had publicly linked the plotting to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, implicating a number of high-ranking officials, including the regime’s then-President Hassan Rouhani, a self-described moderate.
There appears to be no foundation for an appeal of their sentences because there is no question regarding their responsibility for those actions. On the contrary, there is considerable reason for European authorities to expand their investigation into this issue and pursue broader accountability, including accountability at the Iranian regime’s top officials.
The regime thinking of activating more sleeper cells
Assadollah Assadi’s initial trial revealed that his network stretched far beyond the three terrorists involved in this particular scheme. Assadi’s vehicle was discovered to have a cache of paperwork revealing his trips across Europe and dealings with agents in at least 11 countries when he was apprehended in Germany while attempting to return to the safety of the Iranian embassy in Vienna. Nearly 300 meeting locations were recorded in a notebook, together with receipts for cash payments, indicating that services to the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security were still being provided.
These actions should include broad international penalties against Iranian officials suspected of involvement in previous terror plots and human rights violations. They should, ideally, include measures to apprehend those officials when they travel overseas or prosecute them in their absence. Whatever course of action Western leaders take, they must understand that silence and inactivity only encourage Iran’s religious government to intensify all of the nefarious operations that it relies on to maintain power.
Despite the fact that the architect of a 2018 Iranian terror plan has
declined to appeal his 20-year sentence handed down by a Belgian
the court earlier this year, his three co-conspirators are currently fighting
to have their 15 to 18-year sentences reduced or overturned.
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