Four Iranian terrorists were arrested in Europe in June 2018 on the charge of attempting to bomb the Free Iran rally in Villepinte, a suburb of Paris.
Two of them – Nasimeh Na’ami and Amir Saadouni – were arrested in Belgium carrying 500 grams of the high-explosive TATP, shortly after their handler Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat at the embassy in Austria, had handed it off to them.
The two would-be bombers were instructed to place it as close as possible to opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, who was sat amongst many dignitaries from around the world. If successful, the loss of life would have been horrific because there were a total of 100,000 in attendance.
Assadollah Assadi was arrested in Germany with two notebooks, one containing details of the plot and one that is possibly linked to a Europe-wide terror network.
After two years of investigations, Assadollah Assadi and his three co-conspirators went to trial in November and a verdict is due Thursday, with the expectation that Assadollah Assadi will be found guilty and given 20 years in jail. The prosecutors said that he was not working on his own volition though, rather he was taking orders from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Therefore, why would the Iranian government do this? Well, to put it simply, the threat posed by the Iranian Resistance was large enough that the government was willing to risk whatever might come their way.
In December 2017, the Resistance organized a major protest with people calling for regime change and it shook the ayatollahs’ establishment to its core. Of course, the protest was soon quashed by oppressive forces, including the State Security Forces (SSF), the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) with dozens killed in the streets and thousands arrested.
However, Maryam Rajavi called for a “year full of uprisings,” and Iran’s theocracy saw her as so much of a threat to their continued rule that they wanted to kill her and hundreds more to strike a blow at the heart of the Resistance.
“In light of the high political price the regime had to pay for this terrorist act, it stands to reason that the regime was willing to pay this price to destroy or exert a blow to the Iranian resistance and the MEK. This, in itself, is indicative of the significance of Iranian resistance, and the MEK and its existential threat to the regime,” the Iranian Resistance wrote.
They cautioned the EU against ignoring the Iranian government’s role in this as that will only embolden the ayatollahs and called for the ayatollahs’ ruling system to face the consequences.