I believe that EU governments should be more proactive in combating the Iranian regime’s operations, espionage and disinformation campaigns in Europe.
PARIS, FRANCE, November 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – On July 1, 2018, European authorities foiled a bomb attack on the Iranian opposition rally in France. All four terrorists, including Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, were arrested and later received heavy prison terms.
On Tuesday, a court in Belgium heard appeals against Assadi’s henchmen Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami and Mehrdad Arefani. Despite being arrested with explosives and other espionage equipment, all three terrorists have appealed to the court.
The three terrorists were part of Tehran’s extensive terror and espionage network under Assadi’s command. While Assadi is imprisoned, the Iranian terror and espionage network in Europe remains intact. This has heightened concern among the Iranian dissidents and prominent politicians who attended the 2018 event.
In an exclusive interview with Robert Torricelli, a former US Senator and one of the plaintiffs in the Assadi case, we asked him for his expert opinion on the weak attitude of Western countries towards rampant terrorism in Tehran.
Q: Nine months ago, Asadollah Assadi, the diplomat of the Iranian regime, was convicted of a terrorist attack against the assembly of “Free Iran” in Paris in 2018. Do you think European leaders have taken significant steps to dismantle the regime’s espionage and terrorism network in the EU and what more can be done?
Senator Torricelli: I was at this gathering with hundreds of European and American dignitaries to build a free Iran with Ms. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and her ten-point plan for. to support a free and democratic Iran. The regime in Iran is the enemy of its own people and nothing is more unbearable to it than the international recognition of its legitimate opposition. The terror conspiracy against Ms. Rajavi and the pro-democracy rally in Paris posed a very serious challenge to our democracies and freedom of expression.
I believe that European governments should be more proactive in combating the operations, espionage and disinformation campaigns of the Iranian regime in Europe. Unless we all take a firm stand, this won’t be the last of these deadly terrorist schemes.
I welcome the condemnation of Assadi in Belgium and hope that it sends a clear message to Tehran. The mullahs need to understand the futility of their efforts to undermine freedom of expression and the democratic governments of Europe.
Q: During the Assadi’s investigation, a green notebook was found with the names of Iranian agents in Europe on Assadi’s payroll. What would you expect Western intelligence agencies to do with this sensitive information?
Senator Torricelli: Well, I hope you will react strongly to disrupt this network, expel all official agents, and refrain from contact with anyone who supports terrorism. It is also important to recognize that the spread of disinformation about the Iranian resistance movement is a basis of the regime’s terrorist and anti-democratic activities.
Real security for Europe and Iranian dissidents begins with the dismantling of these regime networks.
Q: What would you expect from Western governments now?
Senator Torricelli: I think we are reaching a turning point on Iran. The newly elected president of the regime represents everything that is wrong with the theocratic dictatorship. Selecting a man directly responsible for the mass murder is a direct challenge for the international community. The refusal to negotiate in good faith about the regime’s nuclear weapons pursuit is an unmistakable message.
The world is beginning to understand that it was wrong to expect moderation or behavior change from this regime. This new awareness must lead to an understanding that the Iranian threat will only end with the election of a free and democratic government in Iran.
It is time to stop dealing with the Raisi and Khamenei regime. All free people must withstand the violations and threats of this regime, support democratic and human rights values, and support the Iranian resistance under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi.
Q: If the Belgian judiciary agrees on November 18 to soften or lighten the sentence for the three convicted accomplices of Assadollah Assadi, what message would it send to other people in the green notebooks or sleeper cells across Europe and the United States?
Senator Torricelli: I hope, of course, that the Belgian Court of Appeal will rule against the convicted accomplices of the Iranian regime’s terror diplomat. It was a serious crime in which, in return for financial gain, they knowingly kill and maim thousands of innocent people who gathered at the 2018 Free Iran Gathering in Paris.
Their circumstances deserve no mercy from the court, and they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Nothing but a firm resolve for justice will deter and discourage the regime’s network of agents in Europe.
There has to be a message that you cannot come to Europe and take part in terrorist activities without serious consequences. Any leniency at this point will serve as an invitation to continue such crimes not only against Iranian dissidents but also against the free societies of Europe.
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Iran’s terror diplomat Assadollah Assadi headed a large espionage and terrorism network in the EU