The Iranian regime has been plotting terrorist attacks on European soil over the past few years. Luckily, European authorities have managed to foil the plots before they are carried out, but the regime’s continual plotting is a major concern.
Back in June 2018, the Iranian regime’s plot to carry out an attack at the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), annual Free Iran gathering outside Paris was foiled just in time. Had this attack gone ahead, there could have been hundreds, or even thousands, of casualties, including a large number of high-profile political figures from around the world.
An Iranian-Belgian couple was sent to Paris with half a kilogram of TAPT explosives. A third operative was also involved – one who had previously been granted access to the venue of the intended attack.
The person behind the planning of the attack was a high-ranking Iranian diplomat who was working from the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna. He was arrested in Germany and then transferred to Belgium. The trial of this individual – Assadollah Assadi – will start at the end of next month.
As the trial nears, more and more information about the details of the plot has been revealed. For example, he himself acquired the explosives that would be used to bomb the NCRI’s gathering.
https://t.co/fDw1tKXyUQ: On June 30, 2018, a sophisticated bomb should have exploded during a meeting of the #NCRI a coalition of movements opposed to the authorities in Tehran. The attack plan had been foiled by extremists. #MEK #Iran https://t.co/Vihck8lA6j
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 10, 2020
Despite the evidence against him, the Iranian regime has been criticizing the government of Belgium’s steps towards justice and it has tried to get him extradited back to Iran to protect him.
The Iranian regime has very rarely been held accountable for its crimes, and this impunity just makes it bolder. And it seems that Assadi is confident that he will benefit from the same impunity. During conversations with authorities in Belgium, Assadi made threats that several groups such as IRGC proxies in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon would be “watching from the sidelines” to see how Belgium is going to proceed. This was reported in a police document provided by Reuters.
“Assadi's incarceration entered its third year,” lamented #Iran’s state-run Keyhan newspaper on Wednesday, referring to the regime’s terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi, who was arrested in Germany on June 30, 2018.https://t.co/CVxohgUdfk
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) July 4, 2020
It is hard to imagine that Assadi could be so confident that he will get away with such a serious crime, but it must not be forgotten that the regime has not been pursued for countless terrorist activities.
One such example is the assassination of Kazem Rajavi, the NCRI’s representative to the United Nations. He was shot near his home in Geneva in 1990. Although a couple of the perpetrators were detained in Paris, they were eventually extradited so as to avoid the diplomatic tension with Iran that would have been inevitable.
Those that killed Mr. Rajavi have been identified, but they remain unpunished. No wonder the Iranian regime is so brazen in its terrorist activities.
#MEK #Iran: Dr. Kazem Rajavi, the older brother of the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi, was a renowned jurist and Iran’s first ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva after the 1979 revolution. He was the #NCRI in Switzerland a respected human rights defender. pic.twitter.com/SsTdUlFdvy
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) August 29, 2020
The international community, in particular European leaders, should take heed of what has happened in the past and should ensure that the Iranian regime and its criminal agents no longer are able to escape justice.
Ensuring that Assadi is charged and held accountable for his crime would send a strong message to the clerical regime that terrorist activities will not be tolerated.
While the primary target of Assadi’s terrorism plot was undoubtedly the NCRI’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi, the annual rally attracts upwards of 100,000 attendees and this includes many high-profile international political figures.