This article is part of our series that explores Tehran’s terror activities and Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi‘s role in a bombing plot against the opposition rally in Paris in June 2018.
New information about Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi’s espionage and terrorism network across Europe is raising yet more concerns about the threat from the terrorist regime in Iran.
Assadollah Assadi was recently tried, along with Amir Sadouni, Nasimeh Naami, and Mehrdad Arefani, on the charge of attempting to bomb an opposition gathering in France in 2018, with the Belgian Court’s verdict due Thursday, February 4.
He was arrested by German on July 1, 2018, on his way from Luxembourg, where prosecutors say he handed off the explosive device to two of his co-conspirators, to Austria, where he was stationed.
The authorities found two notebooks in the car; a black one containing information about the bomb plot and a green one containing information about his travels to at least 11 European countries and receipts of cash payments to operatives.
The British Sunday Express carried the story, which reveals the extent of Iran’s terrorism network, highlighting that there are 289 locations mentioned in the notebook and describing Assadollah Assadi as “Europe bureau chief for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security [MOIS]”.
Of these locations, 114 were in Germany, 42 were in France, 38 in Austria and the remaining 95 were spread across Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland
“The regime’s espionage network in Europe, which is used for terror plots like the one in Paris, should be exposed and destroyed and the EU should demand from Tehran to dismantle its terror apparatus, giving reliable guarantees that will never commit a similar plot or risk facing severing diplomatic relations,” said Farzin Hashemi, the Deputy Chair of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
While 20 former high-ranking European officials urged the European Union in a statement to stand firm against the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism and designate the MOIS and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as “terrorist entities.”
Belgian prosecutors say that Assadi was working on the orders of the top ayatollahs when he attempted to carry out the bombing, something backed up by the fact that the regime has not disavowed him and has continued to falsely claim that he has diplomatic immunity.
“The 2018 bomb plot has shown how the EU’s wrong policy of appeasing the ayatollahs’ regime has endangered security in Europe. Assadollah Assadi’s case is a momentum for the European leaders to set the record straight and end the regime’s terrorism once and for all,” the NCRI wrote.
They advised that the EU impose sanctions on the regime, close down Tehran’s embassies, and expel its so-called diplomats.