Iranian Diplomat Sentenced in Plot to Bomb French Rally

Iranian Diplomat Assadolah Assadi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting and attempting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in France in 2018.

The Belgian court of Antwerp ruled that Assadi and three tried to kill the leaders of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the rally but were foiled by German, French and Belgian police.

Assadi was charged with “attempted murders of a terrorist nature” and “taking part in the activity of a terrorist group,” for his participation in the plot along with Belgian-Iranian couple Nasimeh Naami, 36, and Amir Saadouni, 40, and Belgium-based Iranian poet Mehrdad Arefani.

Naami received 18 years, Saadouni 15 years, and Arefani,17 years for their involvement. 

NCRI claimed that the target of the plot was NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi.

“The conviction of the regime’s diplomat and his three accomplices in the Court of Belgium is indeed the conviction of the clerical regime in its entirety,” said. Rajavi.


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