Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 10, 2020—According to a Friday Reuters report, an Iranian regime diplomat on trial in Belgium for his role in a foiled bombing attempt, threatened Belgian authorities with terrorist retaliation in case of being found guilty.
Assadollah Assadi, who served as the third counsellor of the regime’s embassy in Vienna before his arrest in June 2018, was caught after delivering explosives to an Iranian couple. The couple, Amir Sadouni and Nassimeh Naami, two other Tehran operatives, were to detonate the explosive load at the yearly convention of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris. Sadouni, Nomani, and another regime agent, Mehrdad Arefani, were also arrested in the case and will stand trial.
The rally targeted by Assadi and his accomplices was attended by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI, and many dignitaries and politicians including Rudy Giuliani, lawyer to U.S. president Donald Trump.
“According to ASSADI Assadolah we (Belgium) do not realize what is going to happen, in the event of an unfavourable verdict,” show documents from a March 12 meeting between Belgian police and Assadi, as seen by Reuters.
Referring to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime’s terrorist proxies in the Middle East, Assadi told the police that groups in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Syria were interested in the outcome of his case and would be “watching from the sidelines to see if Belgium would support them or not.”
Assadi’s trial will begin on November 27. This is the first time that a regime diplomat is being tried for his direct involvement in a terrorist plot. But the Iranian regime has a long history of using its diplomatic facilities for terrorism and espionage. In August, the U.S. State Department imposed travel bans against 14 Iranian regime authorities, including 13 agents who were involved in the assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi, the brother of Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi. The assassins had used the regime’s diplomatic channels to enter the country, carry out their heinous act and return to Iran unhindered. The regime has also used its embassies in other European countries to spy on and assassinate dissidents, mainly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
In July, Madam Rajavi testified for seven hours while presenting documents stating that this major terrorist operation was decided by regime’s Supreme National Security Council headed by Rouhani and approved with the direct order of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Mrs. Rajavi stressed that in addition to Assadi and other terrorists arrested as perpetrators of this crime, the actual masterminds, namely Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif, and Mahmoud Alavi, the Minister of Intelligence, must be prosecuted. This was necessary to stop the unbridled terrorism of the mullah, she said.
Assadi’s open threats only show how belligerent the Iranian regime has become in face of the appeasement policy of European states, and once again remind the need for a firm policy toward the regime’s foreign terrorism.
In a speech on October 7, Rajavi reiterated that one of the key reasons the regime has become so emboldened in terrorist activities on European soil is the confidence it gets from the policy of appeasement.
“Indeed, how could the EU turn a blind eye on the regime’s agents and spies who are on the move on European soil? European intelligence services have repeatedly reported that the regime’s embassies are centers of espionage and operations against dissidents, especially the PMOI,” she said.
Rajavi also called for binding legislation to expel the Iranian regime’s agents from the European soil, shut down the regime’s embassies in all EU member states, and designate the IRGC and its proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and other countries as terrorist groups.
The call for shutting down Iranian embassies is being echoed by many European dignitaries, who are concerned that the regime’s diplomatic presence is undermining the security of their countries.
“It’s time for the European governments to shut down Iranian embassies in their 27 capitals. These are not diplomatic offices. They’re centers of espionage,” Alejo Vidal Quadras, former European Parliament Vice President, said at an online conference on September 16.