ISJ Committee condemns Iran-Belgium agreement to release terrorists
According to the official website of the Belgian Parliament, the Belgian government is on the cusp of finalizing a shameful agreement with the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran. Under the pretext of “Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners,” Brussels will return Assadollah Assadi, a career diplomat terrorist, to Tehran. Assadi was the mastermind of a failed bombing plot against a large National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) event in France in 2018, attended by 100,000 people, including hundreds of lawmakers, current and former officials, and dignitaries from five continents.
The notice of a hasty approval of a bill in the Belgian parliament is now posted on the parliament’s website and is expected to be put to vote in the Foreign Affairs Committee. According to the bill, convicted criminals from two countries can serve their sentences in their country of origin. Assadi, who received his orders from the highest authorities in Tehran, will not spend a single day in prison if he is returned to Iran.
Members of the International Committee ‘In Search of Justice’ (ISJ), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Giulio Terzi, Struan Stevenson, and Paulo Casaca wrote to Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, condemning the deal.
“We write to you on behalf of the International Committee ‘In Search of Justice’ (ISJ), a non-profit NGO registered in Brussels. Our members include many elected parliamentarians, former officials, and other dignitaries, with an interest to promote human rights, freedom, democracy, peace, and stability in Iran,” the letter read.
“Assadi and his co-conspirators were tried in Belgium in 2021 for attempting to bomb a mass rally of Iranian opposition supporters at Villepinte near Paris in 2018 in order to kill Maryam Rajavi, NCRI President-elect as well as tens of thousands who had participated in the rally. According to the verdict in the Antwerp Court, Assadi was a senior agent of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). He was using the cover of being a diplomat in the Iranian embassy in Vienna to enable him to plan a terrorist bomb attack that would have caused carnage on European soil, potentially killing hundreds of men, women, and children.
The Iranian Resistance and Iranian expatriates have vehemently denounced this appalling agreement, which will only give the regime more room to intensify its terrorist activities in Europe and broaden its practice of holding dual national hostages and using them as leverage.
“This concept is scandalous and must be stopped. Two senior members of the ISJ, as signatories to this letter, Giulio Farzi, and Struan Stevenson, were plaintiffs in the trial of Assadi, having attended the rally in Villepinte, targeted by the Iranian terrorists. We urge you to stop this decision in respect of justice in your country and for the sake of the security of Europe.”
The Iranian regime would be given the loudest message that they can carry out terrorist attacks in Europe without consequence if they were released from prison in Belgium, making a complete mockery of the legal system.