Brussels Court of First Instance extends the ban on returning Assadi to Iran until September
The Iranian Resistance filed a petition with the Brussels Court of First Instance on Thursday to prevent the extradition and release of Assadollah Assadi, a convicted Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist.In 2018, Assadi and his associates attempted to bomb a 100,000-person Iranian Resistance gathering in France, which included hundreds of lawmakers, current and former officials, and dignitaries from five continents.
An Antwerp court sentenced Assadi to 20 years in prison, while his accomplices Nasimeh Naami, Amir Saadouni, and Mehrdad Arefani received sentences of 18, 18, and 17 years in prison, respectively, as well as the revocation of their Belgian citizenship and passports.
The hearing was attended by counsel for Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iranian opposition groups, as well as counsel for international plaintiffs, the prime minister of Belgium, and the ministers of justice and foreign affairs.
The court set the date for the parties’ oral hearing for September 19 and gave the parties until September 15 to exchange their briefs. In order to give the plaintiffs’ request a thorough review, the court thereby decides to postpone the ban on Assadi’s return to Iran until September 19.
At midnight on July 20, immediately after the Belgian Parliament’s adoption of a treaty calling for a prisoners exchange between Belgium and the Iranian regime, Mrs. Rajavi, former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghazali, former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Senator Robert Torricelli, former White House director for public liaison Linda Chavez, former UNAMI human rights office chief Tahar Boumedra, NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mohammad Mohaddessin, NCRI Judiciary Committee Chairman Dr. Sanabargh Zahedi, Javad Dabiran, Deputy NCRI Representative in Germany, and Farzin Hashemi, NCRI Representative in international courts, submitted an urgent request to prevent Assadi’s repatriation to Iran. The Court of Appeal subsequently decided that the case should be given a substantive review.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) July 23, 2022