BRUSSELS (AP) – An Iranian diplomat convicted of organizing a foiled bomb assault in opposition to an Iranian opposition group exiled in France has determined to not attraction the decision, his lawyer and a Belgian court docket mentioned on Wednesday.
Assadollah Assadi was sentenced to twenty years in jail earlier this yr for tried terrorist homicide and involvement within the actions of a terrorist group after the Antwerp court docket rejected his request for diplomatic immunity. Assadi beforehand labored on the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
Three different defendants who the court docket mentioned belonged to the identical spy ring had been additionally discovered responsible and sentenced to lengthy jail phrases.
Assadi’s lawyer, Dimitri de Beco, instructed The Related Press he knowledgeable the appeals court docket at a preliminary listening to on Wednesday that his consumer didn’t intend to problem his conviction. Assadi’s conviction is now ultimate, whereas proceedings proceed for the opposite three defendants who’ve appealed, press Justice of the Peace Els De Brauwer mentioned.
Assadi. who refused to attend his trial and challenged all the costs, doesn’t acknowledge the standing of the appeals court docket as a result of he believes he ought to have been granted diplomatic immunity, mentioned lawyer for Beco.
Throughout the trial, legal professionals for the plaintiffs and representatives of the exiled Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, claimed with out offering any proof that Assadi had carried out the bombing plan on direct order from the very best Iranian authorities. Tehran has denied taking part within the plot.
MEW chief Maryam Rajavi on Wednesday reaffirmed her claims that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had endorsed Assadi’s plan.
“The regime’s leaders, who’re answerable for the export of terrorism over the previous 4 many years, should be dropped at justice,” Rajavi mentioned in an announcement.
On June 30, 2018, Belgian cops alerted by the intelligence providers to a attainable assault on the PMOI’s annual assembly, arrested a pair touring in a Mercedes automobile. Within the couple’s baggage, officers mentioned they discovered 550 grams of unstable TATP explosive and a detonator.
The Belgian bomb disposal unit mentioned the gadget was skilled grade and will have brought about a large explosion and panic within the crowd, estimated at 25,000, who had gathered for the assembly within the French city of Villepinte, north of Paris.
Assadi was arrested a day later in Germany and transferred to Belgium. Recognized because the so-called “operational commander” of the deliberate assault, Assadi was accused of getting recruited a couple of years earlier.
The court docket dominated that Assadi was not entitled to diplomatic immunity as a result of he was on trip on the time of his arrest and never in Austria, the place he was accredited.