MEK: Iran’s Attempts to Release Convicted Terrorist Diplomat
On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, regime foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met with the foreign ministers of Belgium and Sweden, according to the state-run Fars News Agency. According to Fars, the main point of discussion between Amirabdollahian and his Belgian counterpart was the status of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat terrorist who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering in France in 2018, which, if not foiled at the last minute, would have resulted in thousands of deaths.
On the same day, the Iranian regime’s foreign ministry website announced that Amirabdollahian had spoken to Sweden’s foreign minister about Hamid Noury, a former torturer at Gohardasht Prison (Karaj) who was engaged in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political detainees. Noury is currently on trial in a Stockholm court, where many of his victims are testifying about the atrocities done in Iran’s jails by him and other regime officials. Per the website, Amirabdollahian warned his Swedish counterpart that “it’s not acceptable” that “the conspiracies” of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), “impact the relations between the two nations.”
Assadi’s conviction and the testimonies presented during the Noury trial have impacted the regime hard, despite the regime’s initial attempts to distance itself from these two crises. Both perpetrators embody everything the dictatorship stands for terrorism, breaches of human rights, and a disregard for human life and morals. The regime is so afraid of the outcome and consequences of both trials that its foreign minister is openly intervening and pledging his support for the two convicts’ release.
Previously, a leaked audio clip from former regime foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif demonstrated that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) control the regime’s policies, including foreign strategies, which have resulted in a slew of terrorist attacks in the area and around the world. In the audiotape, Zarif revealed that he worked closely with Qassem Soleimani, the regime’s deposed terrorist mastermind and former commander of the IRGC Quds Force.
“Reducing the theoretical discussion between the two wings of the establishment’s external power, which means diplomacy and the frontline, as an excuse for promoting a divergence between the military and diplomats who both strive for the state, is not only short-sighted but in full contrast to my views that diplomacy and the frontline complement each other,” Zarif later said in response to the revealed file.
With Ebrahim Raisi now serving as the regime’s president, the foreign ministries, IRGCs, and MOIS’s ties have never been stronger. Raisi’s cabinet is stacked with IRGC veterans, and Amirabollahian, an IRGC-QF liaison with close ties to Soleimani, directed the regime’s anti-terrorist operations in Iraq.
Amirabdollahian had threatened to “shock” western powers if they did not free Assadi after his arrest.
This isn’t the first time the regime has attempted to compel a country’s executive branch to release its convicts. However, its desperation on the international stage reflects its declining influence at home, where the people and their Resistance movement are adamant about deposing the mullahs through ongoing protests and revolutions.