In a statement, 21 former European ministers urged the Belgian prime minister to make it crystal clear that terrorists will not be included in the prisoner swap agreement with Iran.
Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat-terrorist who was imprisoned after attempting to bomb an opposition rally in Paris in 2018, can be released by Brussels once the treaty is signed. The Belgian Judiciary found Assadi, which is one of only 20 individuals on the EU’s terrorist blacklist, guilty of planning the attempted bombing of the summit held in France on June 30, 2018, by the Iranian dissident movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Tens of thousands of people, including hundreds of prominent international figures from both sides of the Atlantic, attended the summit.
Members of Congress made reference to a treaty between Brussels and Tehran and warned that Assadi’s release from Belgian custody would pose a direct threat to American lives.
Assadollah Assadi, a convicted terrorist, attempted to bomb the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) 2018 conference in Paris, where American citizens, including members of Congress and numerous current and former government officials, were also targeted. On September 6, seven members of the US Congress from both major political parties urged US Attorney General Merrick Garland to bring charges against Assadollah Assadi right away.
A bomb-disposal robot later handled more than 500 grams of the high explosive TATP, which was later discovered in a toiletry bag and partially detonated.
Approximately 70 lawmakers, academics, and human rights organizations from Europe and the Americas released a statement on Wednesday denouncing the potential release of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, who was convicted of planning a terrorist attack against Iranian expatriates and foreign backers of Iran’s pro-democracy opposition last year and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium. Two Iranian-Belgian operatives were detained by law enforcement on June 30, 2018, as they were heading toward the French border.
Prominent dignitaries and legal experts discussed the Iranian regime’s impunity for terrorism and crimes against humanity at the international conference in Paris.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a conference on “Impunity for Terrorism and Crimes Against Humanity” on Saturday, September 10 in Paris. The event was held in light of President Ebrahim Raisi of the Iranian regime’s intention to attend the UN General Assembly. Raisi is known as the “butcher of Tehran” due to his pivotal role in the mass execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. He stands for a murderous establishment that has killed thousands of dissidents, protesters, and regular prisoners over the years. The participants also provided the Free World with policy suggestions on how to deal with Tehran.
The Iranian Resistance will conduct its annual assembly of Iranian ex-pats and other supporters of regime change in Iran the following month. The message of the meeting may become even more relevant in the aftermath of the regime’s manipulated presidential election, which many analysts believe will be boycotted by a significant portion of the Iranian public.
A new editorial in Modern Diplomacy argues that the Iranian regime must answer for its actions in the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 MEK political prisoners before the United States negotiates a new nuclear deal. The piece, written by R. Bruce McColm, stresses that while preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is important, it “must not be allowed to continue overshadowing Iran’s responsibility for terrorism and systematic human rights violations. These matters represent a much more imminent threat to human life.”