Iran official to face trial for planning bomb attack in France in 2018

Source : 112 Ukraine

The man and three of his compatriots are the suspects in the case considered by the Belgian court
14:55, 27 November 2020

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An Iranian diplomat and another three citizens of this country are to be judged by the court of Antwerp, Belgium. They are blamed with preparing an explosion at the rally of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in France in 2018. 

According to Reuters, this is the first case when the EU member country brought an Iranian official to trial. 

"Belgian prosecutors charged Vienna-based diplomat Assadolah Assadi and the three others with plotting an attack on a rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The rally’s keynote address was given by U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Assadi, who was arrested while on holiday in Germany and handed over to Belgium, is refusing to appear in court and did not attend the first day of the trial in Antwerp; he has not commented on the charges", reads the story.

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Assadi was employed at the Iranian embassy in Vienna: at that, French secret services found out that he gathered intelligence in Europe, being instructed by Iran.

The Islamic Republic's government denied any allegations in the planned attack, dubbing NCRI as a terrorist group.

"Assadi warned authorities in March of possible retaliation by unidentified groups if he is found guilty (...). Authorities say the attack was thwarted by a coordinated operation between French, German and Belgian security services. Two of Assadi’s suspected accomplices were arrested in Belgium with the explosive TATP and a detonator. Their lawyers said on Friday that neither had any intention to kill", wrote Reuters.
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