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Belgian court sentences Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi to 20 years in jail on charges of a bomb plot targeting a 2018 opposition rally north of Paris.

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-Belgian court stripped #Iran's diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi of his diplomatic immunity
-Bomb was tested in Iran
-Bomb was transferred in diplomatic suitcase of Assadi from Tehran to Vienna.

Nasimeh Naami—18 years in jail
Mehrdad Arefani—17 yrs
Amir Saadouni—15 yrs
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Iranian diplomat convicted of planning bomb attack against exiled opposition group in France, given 20-year sentence
washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e…
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The case, which represents the first trial of an Iranian official for terrorism in the EU, sheds light on Tehran’s terror activities abroad just as it hopes the arrival of new US president will herald a loosening of sanctions.
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Belgian court revokes the Belgian citizenship of Assadi's three accomplices, Nasimeh Naami, Mehrdad Arefani & Amir Saadouni.
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An Iranian official on Thursday was convicted of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France in 2018 and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court that rejected his claim of diplomatic immunity.
apnews.com/article/iran-t…
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Iranian spymaster tried to cover bomb plot tracks with family tour of German castles

A police surveillance team monitored Assadi meeting Amir Saadouni and his wife Nasimeh Naami in Luxembourg where he handed over the bomb to be used in the attack.
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On 30 June 2018, Belgian police officers tipped off by intelligence services about a possible attack, stopped a couple traveling in a Mercedes car. In their luggage, they found 550 grams of the unstable TATP explosive & a detonator.
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As Assadi was outside Austria at the time of his arrest, German authorities said his diplomatic immunity as a counselor at Iran's embassy in Vienna did not apply and he was extradited to Belgium.
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Belgium’s bomb disposal unit said the device was of professional quality. It could have caused a sizable explosion and panic in the crowd.
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Prosecutors said he was the “operational commander” of the attack and accused him of recruiting the couple — Amir Saadouni and Nasimeh Naami — years before the attack, to obtain information about the opposition.
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Among dozens of prominent guests at the rally that day were Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani; Newt Gingrich, former conservative speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
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Belgian prosecution lawyers & civil parties to the prosecution said Vienna-based diplomat Assadi was found guilty of attempted terrorism after a plot to bomb an NCRI rally near Paris in June 2018 was foiled by German, French and Belgian police.
reuters.com/article/iran-p…
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Former Columbian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt

"This judgement calls for a severe European response. No more accommodation, no more submitting our values to political and economic interests."

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@GiulioTerzi
"Those who appease the mullahs’ regime must be aware that the mask is finally off. The regime is certified as a terrorist state by the court."

#Iran
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@PandeliMajko
This clarifies #Iran’s official status. Iran’s leaders have imprisoned their country. They are now faced with international law and public opinion at home.

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@GovRidge
"The planned bombing was a state sponsored operation by a terrorist state that continues to operate with arrogance with impunity."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@PJK4brainhealth
"It's time to call Iran for what it is: a terrorist state. It's time to expel their diplomats. It's time that we have a new Iran."

#Iran
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#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@steve_mccabe
"This is the time for tougher action, reduced diplomatic relations, and reconsideration of our longer term relations with this regime. Terrorists are terrorists."

#Iran
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#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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Ret. Col. Wesley Martin (US Army)
"Indirectly on trial were @Khamenei_ir & @HassanRouhani. Unfortunately, their day of justice will have to be delayed until the day of the collapse of their regime."
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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Dr. Riad Yassin Abdallah, former Foreign Minister of Yemen

"We should all come together and work together the unwanted terrorism of the Iranian regime which is causing a lot of dying and suffering."

#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@jmclement86
"It should send a strong signal to European diplomacy, especially French diplomacy. The Iranian regime is a criminal system, not a political system."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@stephenharper
"This is what the Islamic Republic in Tehran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism does."

#Iran
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#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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Gen. James Jones, former U.S. Nat. Sec. Adv.
"It is now time to end our conciliatory approach toward this regime & adopt a much firmer policy. This is a regime that is taking its last breaths."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@larsrise
"How come every European leader wants to shake Zarif’s hand? After receiving today’s verdict, all European leaders have to add an arrest warrant for Zarif to their to-do list."
#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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Dr. Tahar Boumedra, former UNAMI Human Rights Office chief in Iraq
"I call on the EU & member states to start a new type of relationship with this regime that would leave no room for complacency & would hold all criminals accountable for their acts."
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@KimmoSasi
"The EU has to show how serious they are in fighting for human rights, especially the right to life."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@paulocasaca1
"Diplomatic statutes cannot be used for terrorist activities. European states must reevaluate all the credentials of Iranian diplomats."

#Iran
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#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@paulocasaca1 29)
@MAlliotMarie
"International relations cannot be based on terrorism and blackmail. It is time to stop these terrorist activities."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@giannagancia
"We need a stronger policy against the threatening activities of the Iranian regime in Europe. We in Europe need to be firm against the actions of the Iranian regime."

#Iran
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#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@giannagancia 31)
@Baird
"For more than 40 years, the regime in Tehran has been sponsoring terrorism around the world. The Iranian regime, including their president Hassan Rouhani, targeted the Iranian opposition."

#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
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@chavezlinda
"I am here to ask the European Union to recognize the danger of the Iranian regime to recognize the diplomats who are stationed throughout Europe."
#Iran
#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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@chavezlinda 33)
@bobtorricelli
" The real culprit that should be on trial, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was not there. But he remains guilty."

#Iran
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@STRUANSTEVENSON
"The regime uses its embassies around the world as bomb factories. There can be no return to business as usual."

#Iran
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@STRUANSTEVENSON 35)
Amb. Robert Joseph
"... for the EU, this should mean the adoption of a firm policy, including designating the MOIS and the IRGC as terrorist entities."

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#Iran’s “diplomat” Assadollah Assadi is awaiting a ruling tomorrow in a Belgian court his role in a foiled bomb plot targeting an opposition rally in June 2018.

@eu_eeas should stand firm & impose justice as deserved.

#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
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#Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

A regime terror team is on trial for plotting to bomb an opposition rally in 2018.

Appeasing the terrorist mullahs should end once & for all.

#EUTime4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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#Iran is responsible for the attempted bomb attack by a diplomat and several others at an event held by an exiled Iranian opposition group in France in 2018, the civil party’s lawyer Rik Vanreusel says.
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