The Curious Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat

The Curious Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat

Arrest Of An Iranian DiplomatRobert Fantina, core middle east, June 08 2021:… A report in Radio Farda of October 20, 2020, stated the following: “Tehran has repeatedly dismissed the charges against Assadi, calling them a ‘false flag’ operation by the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI, a political group that supports the overthrow of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran) political arm, the MKO, which presents itself as an alternative to the clergy-dominated ruling establishment in Iran. The Curious Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat 

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The Curious Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat

Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat

Arrest Of An Iranian Diplomat

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been always under the eyes of the United States government and its Middle East ally, the apartheid, Zionist entity of Israel. This was clearly demonstrated when Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi was assassinated. Now, the same story happens again but this time has different angles for different agendas by different countries. A joint operation by German, French and Belgian police arrested a diplomat Iranian over a fabricated plot of having explosives and a detonator

We are referring to the case of Mr. Assadollah Asadi, 49, an Iranian diplomat who worked at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. He arrested in Germany and recently sentenced to twenty-years in prison. How this all came about is anyone’s guess.

Initially, Belgium authorities hacked his email, and found one inviting him to a conference in Germany. It is somewhat interesting that the most ‘incriminating’ email they found was this invitation. How unusual is it, one might ask, for a foreign diplomat to be invited to an international conference?

But that was what was needed. Going to Germany for the conference, Asadi allegedly met a Belgium couple of Iranian origin at a restaurant in Luxembourg. Here is where things get a bit foggy. This couple reported receiving a package from Asadi, without knowing what it contained. At some point, they were arrested with a package and – lo and behold! – it contained a bomb.

Let’s look at this a little more closely for a moment. A couple met a foreign diplomat in a restaurant and received a package from him. They didn’t inquire what it contained; they were just pleased to accept it. Was it a gift, to be opened when they returned home? Or was it a bomb that they naively and innocently were going to take somewhere to detonate? Or was there no package at all?

Let’s also look at the logistics of this. The Belgium authorities say that Asadi wanted to blow up an anti-Iran rally being held outside Paris. The rally is one of the MEK’s (Mujahedin-e-Khalq) usual events, attended by some right-wing U.S. politicians, but the group poses no threat to Iran; it is extremely unpopular in that country. What sense would it make for an Iranian diplomat to cause the carnage such a bomb would certainly result in, at a time when it had worldwide sympathy following U.S. President Donald Trump’s illegal departure from the JCPOA?

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When Asadi was seized, the personal possessions he had with him were listed and nothing incriminating was found.

One of the charges against him was that he was transporting explosives aboard his Austrian airlines flight. For any of us who have flown anytime in the past 15 years, it is obvious that getting bombs or related equipment on a plane is virtually impossible. Items as simple as nail files are found when going through security, and are confiscated.

A report in Radio Farda of October 20, 2020, stated the following:

“Tehran has repeatedly dismissed the charges against Assadi, calling them a ‘false flag’ operation by the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI, a political group that supports the overthrow of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran) political arm, the MKO, which presents itself as an alternative to the clergy-dominated ruling establishment in Iran.

Tehran accused European states of harboring the MKO, which it deems a terrorist organization. The group had previously been based in the Iraqi capital Baghdad under former president Saddam Hussein.”

A spokesman for the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saeed Khatibzade, commented on the case during an interview on May 10, 2021. The Tehran Times reported that he said that Asadi’s “detention was illegal from the beginning and a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunities.

He highlighted that the whole judicial process lacks the necessary legitimacy.

“‘We said from the beginning that we consider it against international law, and it is a very dangerous innovation that these countries have made.’” 

The United States government has worked hard to demonize Iran for two main reasons: First, the people overthrew the brutal, oppressive U.S. puppet government of the Shah of Iran, replacing it with one of their own choosing which does not to bow to U.S. demands, and second, Iran threatens Israel hegemony in the Middle East, and U.S. government officials will do anything to support that apartheid regime. And the tentacles of the U.S. reach far and wide; certainly, Belgium isn’t interested in displeasing the global imperial giant.

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Asadi has been sentenced to twenty-years in prison. But the U.S. government will be disappointed to learn that the arrest of one diplomat will not encourage the Iranian people to turn from their own chosen government and embrace one that has long sought their oppression.

One might reasonably ask why such a ‘dangerous’ individual was even invited to attend a conference. One might also question why diplomatic immunity was ignored in this case, and what country ordered it to be so.

The truth of this situation may never be known. Yet is it not unlikely that the arrest and conviction of Assadollah Asadi is yet another attempt by the U.S. and its minions to marginalize, ostracize and demonize Iran.

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Trial Or MKO Propaganda? False alarm in EU, Assassination in Tehran

Trial Or MKO Propaganda? False alarm in EU, Assassination in TehranPress TV, November 28 2020:… De Beco also added that the plaintiffs were turning the case into a political trial on behalf of the MKO. The MKO has conducted many assassinations and bombings against Iranian officials and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his 1980-88 war on Iran. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the Revolution, about 12,000 fell victim to the MKO’s acts of terror. Trial Or MKO Propaganda? False alarm in EU, Assassination in Tehran 

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Iranian diplomat refuses to attend ‘political trial’ in Belgium

An Iranian diplomat, who was arrested back in 2018 on the false charges of being linked to a bomb attack plot in the French capital of Paris, has refused to turn up for trial in Belgium.

In June 2018, Belgian authorities said that Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi had been arrested in Germany over suspicions of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in Paris attended by US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and several former European and Arab ministers.

The authorities added that Belgian police had intercepted the suspect, along with a 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, in Belgium with 500 grams of the homemade explosive TATP and a detonation device found in their car.

Germany extradited to Belgium the 46-year-old diplomat in defiance of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

Dimitri de Beco, the Iranian diplomat’s defense lawyer, said he would be representing his client and that Assadi did not attend the court on Friday as he was seeking diplomatic immunity.

De Beco also added that the plaintiffs were turning the case into a political trial on behalf of the MKO.

The next session of the trial is scheduled to take place on Thursday and the court is then expected to adjourn its verdict before ruling early next year.

Following Assadi’s apprehension in Berlin, the director general for Europe affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry met German ambassador Michael Klor-Berchtold to convey the Islamic Republic’s strong opposition to the arrest, detention and extradition of the Iranian diplomat and said the move was part of a manufactured plot by those opposing Iran-Europe relations and was planned by the MKO itself.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that the claims about Assadi constituted a “sinister false flag ploy.”

The MKO has conducted many assassinations and bombings against Iranian officials and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his 1980-88 war on Iran.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the Revolution, about 12,000 fell victim to the MKO’s acts of terror.

The terrorist outfit was on the US list of terrorist organizations until 2012. Major European countries, including France, have also removed it from their blacklists. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the US and Europe, and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.

Western and European countries have also kept silent about the latest targeted killing of Iranian physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by terrorists in his vehicle in a small city east of the capital Tehran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry roundly condemned the terror attack, saying there were “serious indications” of the Israeli regime’s role in the assassination.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program.

Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work.

The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

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Iran: Allegations Against Asadullah Assadi MEK Fabrications

Allegations Against Asadullah Assadi MEK Fabrications Iran Front Page, October 20 2020:… The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the arrest of Mr Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat in Europe, as a move that is basically unlawful and in blatant violation of international practices and the contents of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Khatibzadeh said. Assadi, who will go on trial in late November, was charged with planning to bomb a Paris rally of the MKO terrorist group. Tehran says European states harbour MEK, which is responsible for the killing of 17,000 Iranians, according to Iran’s official statistics. Iran: Allegations Against Asadullah Assadi MEK Fabrications 

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Iran Denies Allegations against Its Diplomat Arrested in Belgium

By IFP Editorial Staff

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has rejected the allegation that the Iranian diplomat arrested in Belgium has threatened Belgian officials with retaliation, describing the claim, raised by Reuters and some other European media, as shallow fabrication.

Such baseless reports are fabricated and published so as to be capitalized on in the future,” Khatibzadeh said in a Wednesday statement, describing such allegations as part of a media campaign.

The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the arrest of Mr Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat in Europe, as a move that is basically unlawful and in blatant violation of international practices and the contents of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Khatibzadeh said.

Accordingly, he added, Iran has already conveyed its strong official protest to relevant European authorities.

“We believe the violation of Mr Assadi’s diplomatic immunity and his arrest and prosecution in Belgium is an unacceptable heresy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs still considers the countries involved in this case to be responsible for violating the Iranian diplomat’s rights, and reserves the right to a proportionate response,” he added.

Assadi, who will go on trial in late November, was charged with planning to bomb a Paris rally of the MKO terrorist group.

Tehran says European states harbour MEK, which is responsible for the killing of 17,000 Iranians, according to Iran’s official statistics.

The group was on the United States’ terrorism list from 1997 to 2012, but its rallies in recent years have been headlined by the likes of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former US national security adviser John Bolton.

Assadi was arrested while on holiday in Germany and handed over to Belgium. The Western European nation says it arrested two of his suspected accomplices with an explosive and a detonation device.

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Intercepted chats tie Iranian diplomat to alleged Paris terror plot, official says

European security officials have intercepted communications that suggest an Iranian diplomat was not only involved in an alleged plot last year to bomb a meeting of Tehran opponents outside Paris, but coordinated efforts with colleagues back in Iran, a well-placed western official told The Independent.

The communications between Iranian diplomat Asadollah Asadi and counterparts in Iran were described as text messages, or chats, that have been collected by European intelligence services.

“Evidence of his contacts with the regime are recorded chats,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity while disclosing sensitive information.

An Iranian official dismissed the claims of evidence, insisting that the alleged Paris plot and others in Europe were fabricated to put pressure on Tehran as it faces off against the US and regional adversaries Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The French case is among several alleged plots carried out by Iranians on European soil that have strained relations between Tehran and European nations, and potentially jeopardised a commitment to uphold the nuclear deal penned in 2015 but abandoned last year by the administration of Donald Trump.


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Over the weekend, UK, French and German officials unveiled a bartering system called Instex, which is meant to allow trade between Iran and Europe that bypasses US controls on the global financial system. A European official called Instex “a small but concrete step to respond to US unilateralism”.

But Iran’s judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani quickly rejected the conditions for the exchange that include complying with global anti-money-laundering rules and curtailing its missile programme.

Taken together, Iran’s dissatisfaction with Europe’s attempts to resume business with the Islamic republic and European anger over alleged Iranian clandestine operations targeting dissidents and its missile programme threaten to diminish support for the nuclear deal, which promises Iran normalised trade ties in exchange for putting limits on its atomic programme.

Iranian media described a tense 8 January meeting in Tehran between European and Iranian diplomats. Europeans sought to deliver a complaint about Iranian missiles, while Iranians demanded an apology for a lack of progress on upholding the deal and for harbouring terrorist groups.

The next day the EU placed Iranian deputy minister of intelligence Saeid Hashemi-Moqaddam as well as Mr Asadi on a list of sanctioned individuals.

Mr Asadi, who served as diplomat in the Iranian embassy in Vienna, is currently in detention in Belgium, facing terrorism charges. He allegedly handed powerful plastic explosives to a Belgian-Iranian couple to use against a 30 June gathering of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq organisation, or MEK, a bizarre but influential Iranian political cult dedicated to overthrowing the government in Tehran.


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The group has cultivated strong ties to the Trump administration and others in Washington, as well as to Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-nemesis. Several leading Trump administration figures including John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani spoke at the 30 June event, though neither had yet been named to Mr Trump’s team.

According to the unnamed western official, the intercepts provide strong evidence of Mr Asadi’s involvement in the foiled plot to bomb the Paris gathering but don’t confirm whether the top echelons of the regime knew about the scheme.

In an interview published last month by the semi-official Iranian ISNA news organisation, Iran’s former ambassador to Germany, Ali Majedi, said the evidence that the Europeans had collected against Mr Asadi would be difficult to ignore, though he declined to specify the evidence, and how he knew about it.

“European countries have tabled evidence that cannot easily be dismissed, although they cannot easily prove it either,” he was quoted as saying.

The Iranian official suggested Mr Majedi had an axe to grind because he was withdrawn from his job in Germany in November. “Claims by Mr Majedi are criticised inside Iran as political, as he was recently removed from his post as ambassador,” the official said.

The alleged Paris operation, along with alleged plots by regime operatives against Iranian Arab exiles in the Netherlands and Denmark, prompted EU sanctions against Iran’s ministry of intelligence and security last year. Another alleged foiled plot against the the MEK compound in Albania prompted the Nato member to expel two senior diplomats last month.

Last week, German authorities reported that a 47-year-old Iranian dissident in Berlin had claimed he was beaten by unnamed masked men speaking Persian in what he told police he believed was an attack related to his political activities.

Iran has challenged Europe to produce evidence of the plots, and has demanded the release of Mr Asadi, whom it insists enjoys diplomatic immunity. “Europeans detained this person and after several months they are still struggling to introduce evidence,” said the Iranian official. “His arrest in itself is against international law. If he was a normal citizen, his continued arrest without trial would be illegal, too.”

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