On Friday, we saw the first time an Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was put on trial for terrorism.
Assadi, who was stationed at the Vienna embassy, was arrested for trying to bomb a rally held by the Iranian Resistance in France in 2018, and ever since, the Iranian government has tried every trick in the book to get him released, from false claims of diplomatic immunity to threats of further terrorism.
Of course, the Belgian prosecutor rejected Assadi’s diplomatic immunity, highlighting that he was arrested outside of Austria and that diplomats can be stripped of their immunity by a host country if they are planning mass murder, which is what Austria has done.
Assadi has refused to take part in the trial, claiming that he does not recognize the court, and is represented by his lawyer, hired by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. The real reason that he has not appeared in court is that his masters in Iran ordered him to boycott the trial to avoid answering questions, but the prosecutor explains that this shows that the entire Islamic Republic is responsible for the plot.
Trial of Iranian Diplomat and His Accomplices for Bombing Opposition’s Rally
This was confirmed by evidence revealed in court by Assadi’s accomplices. Amir Sadouni messaged an unindicted agent known as Negar on WhatsApp after meeting Assadi in Luxembourg on June 28 and confirmed Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s involvement.
The message read: “He [Assadi] told me that after [the bomb is exploded] he would go see Agha [master, a term used by the regime’s officials and affiliates to address Khamenei] personally.”
In a message sent out at the same time that Assadi’s trial began, Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the primary target of the plot laid out how she had previously revealed the role of Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and other high-ranking officials played in this operation.
“The Supreme National Security Council, presided over by Hassan Rouhani, made the decision to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering at the Villepinte, and the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei approved it. Khamenei, Rouhani, Javad Zarif and the mullahs’ Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi must face justice for decades of crimes and terrorism,” she wrote.
While this is the first time that an Iranian diplomat has been put on trial for terrorism, it is far from the first time that an Iranian diplomat committed acts of terrorism. The government leaders should be prosecuted for this and Western countries should shut down the Iranian embassies, which are used to breed terrorism and espionage.