A court in Belgium has convicted Assadollah Asadi, the third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Vienna, of plotting to bomb a MEK meeting in Paris and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
Assadollah Asadi’s three accomplices, who had dual Iranian-Belgian citizenship, were also sentenced to between 15 and 18 years in prison, and their Belgian citizenship was revoked.
This is the first time an Iranian diplomat has been convicted of such a charge in Europe, although opponents of the Islamic Republic in Europe have been targeted several times before and there has been evidence of links between the perpetrators and the Iranian government.
Earlier in my article, I mentioned the role of Iranian diplomats in assassinating the opposition.
In my new report for NRT, I discuss the conviction of this diplomat and the importance of issuing this sentence.
With the participation of Baba Sheikh Hosseini, the leader of the Khabat Party of Kurdistan of Iran, and Jahangir Abdollahi, the joint chairman of the Kurdistan Human Rights Association.