Iran: The underlying reason for the Belgian-Iranian agreement to free Iranian terrorists
The Belgian parliament is set to debate a bill that would legalize prisoner swaps between Belgium and several other countries, including Iran. This agreement might lead to the release of terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Belgium. This treaty, which was initially signed in March 2021, emphasizes that criminals who are apprehended in either Belgium or Iran should be sent back there to face justice. Once approved, this alleged “humanitarian plan” will allow Iran’s imprisoned Assadi to return home.
In June 2018, Assadi was the mastermind of a terrorist plot that was thwarted against the Iranian Resistance’s “Free Iran” rally in Paris. As the third secretary of the regime’s embassy in Vienna, he used his diplomatic standing to transfer 500 grams of the deadly explosive TAPT from Iran to Austria on a commercial flight. There, he oversaw Tehran’s extensive network of terrorism and espionage throughout Europe.
Assadi and his three agents were detained before they could carry out their scheme. Later, Assadi received a 20-year prison term. The Antwerp Court of Appeals in Belgium denied Nasimeh Naami, Amir Saadouni, and Mehrdad Arefani’s appeal in May 2022. Arefani received a 17-year prison term, while Sadouni and Naami received 18-year sentences. Belgian explosive experts testified during the trial that thousands of people would have been killed had the bomb exploded.
Any skepticism regarding the Iranian regime’s involvement in this terrorist attack that targeted a rally with over 100,000 Iranian expatriates and freedom-loving individuals from other nations, as well as hundreds of lawmakers, current and former officials, and dignitaries from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, has been dispelled by the unfalsifiable evidence presented in court. Therefore, Assadi’s release would only give the global terrorist leader in Tehran permission to conduct operations against Iranian dissidents throughout Europe.
It is naive to assume that the Belgian government is ignorant of the potentially harmful effects of this treaty. With time, it becomes clear that this scandalous agreement is only the tip of the iceberg. The Persian-language website of Radio France International (RFI) stated the following on July 1 in this regard: “This treaty seems to result in the release of one or more dual nationals and French hostages in Iran.
Beyond this agreement, however, the Europeans are attempting to make it easier to profit from Iran’s oil and gas. European governments are hankering after Iran’s oil and gas resources as the conflict in Ukraine and the EU’s tense relations with Russia have led to an increase in fuel prices. “When it comes to their vital interests, Europeans have no qualms about ignoring moral and legal principles.” They are specialists in implementing the so-called “realistic policy,” RFI wrote.
Tehran does not hold back when it comes to taking action against its organized opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as it encounters more domestic difficulties and external pressure. The bombing attempt that was thwarted in 2018 was also Tehran’s enraged response to the MEK’s role in leading widespread protests that year.
In order to exert pressure on the nations hosting the [Iranian Resistance], we began thorough and effective cooperation with the foreign ministry in 2021. According to the state-run Mizan news agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, the international deputy of Iran’s judiciary, said on June 25: “We discuss the MEK in every meeting with the European delegations or ambassadors.
The scandalous agreement between Tehran and European nations appears to be a component of the regime’s “comprehensive plan” against its organized opposition. Ismail Khatib, the regime’s Minister of Intelligence, revealed another aspect of Tehran’s “strategy” a few days later. On June 27, Khatib reportedly stated, “The MEK’s terrorists should know they can’t escape [the regime’s] retribution.”
The Belgian government intentionally ignores the terrorism carried out by the Iranian regime while attempting to portray the treaty with that country’s theocracy as benevolent and humanitarian legislation that aids foreign detainees.
It is absurd and equivalent to asking an arsonist to put out an arson to send Assadi and his three accomplices to Iran to serve the remainder of their sentences in an Iranian prison. In this instance, the latter is more likely than wishing for a regime that elects a criminal like Ebrahim Raisi as president to bring charges against Assadi, who was initially carrying out orders from the regime’s highest officials.