Place of Birth: Iran;
Assadollah Assadi is an Iranian diplomat convicted for attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.
He contested all the charges against him and has claimed diplomatic status. Assadi is sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court for an attempted bomb attack in Paris in 2018.
Assadi and his three Iranian co-defendants, some of whom hold dual citizenships in Europe, were convicted after a Europe-wide investigation caught them transporting explosives to target the 2018 rally. The plot was ultimately foiled by French, German and Belgian police.
Though the Islamic Republic had been accused of numerous violent operations in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s, Assadi – whom European intelligence sources have described as an intelligence operative under diplomatic cover.
Assadi was the third secretary of the regime’s embassy in Vienna. A “wealth of evidence,” as the media call it, was found in Assadi’s car at the time of his arrest in Germany on July 1, 2018. The pieces of evidence include two green and black notebooks.
The black notebook contained information about the bomb plot. The green notebook had information about Assadi’s travels to 11 European countries, including Germany and France, and his meetings with several Iranians to whom he paid large sums of money.
Other countries he visited include Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Though ostensibly a diplomat based at the Iran’s Viennese embassy, only 38 were in Austria, barely 13 percent of the total. Germany featured most heavily, with 114 locations, followed by 42 locations in France.
The information shows he was the de-facto leader of Tehran’s large terrorism and espionage network in Europe.
Also, Assadi was working with the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), it can’t be said that this was a rogue operation by an individual, and the entire Iranian regime was behind it.
Assadi recruited agents to bomb a conference in Paris, but Belgium police apprehended them before the attack. Assadi ostensibly recruited a Belgian couple of Iranian origin to plant explosives at the 25,000-person gathering.
Assadi tasked Amir Saadouni and his wife Nasimeh Naami to plant the bomb as close as possible to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian opposition president-elect. Belgian police arrested the couple with 500g of TATP high explosive and a detonator.
While Assadi was working as head of the regime’s intelligence network in Europe, his status as a “diplomat” and the role of the regime’s Foreign Ministry should not be overlooked in advancing the regime’s terrorist plots.
Assadi is the first Iranian diplomat to be convicted and jailed in Europe since 1979.
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