Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Jan. 22, 2019 - Belgian authorities extended the prison sentence for four terrorist agents involved in a failed bombing plot against the yearly gathering of the Iranian opposition in June.
According to Belga news agency, the verdict was given by the first branch of Antwerp’s criminal court. The verdict underlines that Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat, and three other Iranian agents were complicit in an attempt against the yearly gathering of the PMOI/MEK.
Before his arrest, Assadi was serving in the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna, Austria, where he had been coordinating the regime’s spying and terrorist activities since 2014. Assadi was arrested in Germany in the course of a failed attack on the June 30 Iran Freedom rally. He was subsequently stripped of his diplomatic immunity and extradited to Belgium to be tried for orchestrating the attack and personally handing 500 grams of TATP explosives to the supposed hit team.
His accomplices were an Iranian couple who were posing as MEK supporters who would be attending the Free Iran rally. The couple, Amir Sadouni and Nasimeh Nomani, were arrested by special forces in Brussels while they had the explosives in their possession. A fourth person was arrested by French authorities at Villepinte, France, where the conference was being held.
In October, French authorities directly accused the Iranian regime for planning and preparing the attack and froze the assets of two people from the Iranian regime’s security apparatus who were involved in the case.
Every year, the Free Iran Rally attracts tens of thousands of Iranians and hundreds of politicians from across the world. The 2018 event was attended by NCRI president Maryam Rajavi and politicians from the U.S., Europe and Middle East. Several of the U.S. personalities who attended the gathering filed complaints against the Iranian regime for attempting to murder them.
Assadi’s foiled bombing plot is just one of several failed terrorist attemps by the Iranian regime against MEK members and Iranian dissidents abroad. In the past year, authorities in U.S., Albania and Denmark have discovered and stopped spying and terrorist activities by the Iranian regime. Netherlands also disclosed that the Iranian regime had carried out two terrorist attacks against Iranian dissidents on its soil in the past three years.
Earlier in January, in an unprecedented shift, the EU slapped sanctions against the Iranian regime’s intelligence ministry and two of its members because of their involvement in terrorist attempts.