In another war crime, The International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Netherlands, convicted former Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen of war crimes. Dominic Ongwen was a child soldier and a commander of one of Africa’s most notorious rebel militias. He is currently on trial at the ICC in the Hague for 70 counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, torture, mutilation and slavery.
Iran diplomat Assadollah Assadi sentenced to 20-year jail term for French bomb plot.
Belgian court has convicted an Iranian diplomat for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside Paris and ordered him jailed for 20 years.
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.
For the 1st time since World War II, a diplomat with a bomb is arrested & tried.Trial of Assadollah Assadi is one of the most important developments in Iran -EU .
Iran regime diplomat Assadi carried the explosive device on a commercial flight from Iran to Austria+handed over the explosives in Luxembourg to other agents
Assadi, who was the third counselor at Iran’s embassy in Vienna, did not only act on orders from Iran, but also recruited others to help plant the bomb, the lawyer claimed.
A joint operation between France, Germany, and Belgium thwarted the attack.
Arrested in 2018, while on holiday in Germany, Assadi’s extradition to Belgium followed two accomplices detained with half a kilogram of the explosive TATP and a detonator.
Belgian prosecutors charged Vienna-based diplomat Assadolah Assadi and the three others with planning an attack on a rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The rally’s keynote address was given by US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Assadi was the third counsellor at Iran’s embassy in Vienna. French officials have said he was in charge of intelligence in southern Europe and was acting on orders from Tehran.
Tehran has repeatedly dismissed the charges, calling the attack allegations a “false flag” stunt by the NCRI, which it considers a terrorist group.
Assadi has not commented on the charges. His lawyer has said Assadi would explain himself at his trial. Assadi warned authorities in March of possible retaliation by unidentified groups if he is found guilty, according to a police document obtained by Reuters.
Authorities say the attack was thwarted by a coordinated operation between French, German and Belgian security services.
Assadi was arrested while on holiday in Germany and handed over to Belgium, where two of his suspected accomplices had been arrested with half a kilo of the explosive TATP and a detonator.
According to documents reviewed by Reuters, Belgian authorities believe Assadi brought the explosives from Tehran to Vienna on a commercial flight.
“The attack plan was conceived in the name of Iran and under its leadership. It was not a personal initiative by Assadi,” Jaak Raes, head of the Belgium’s state security service (VSSE), said in a letter to the prosecutor dated Feb. 2, 2020.
France said Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind the plot and expelled an Iranian diplomat. The EU froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and officials.
European countries have blamed Iran for other suspected plots against dissidents, including two killings in the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017 and a foiled assassination in Denmark. Iran has denied involvement, saying the accusations were intended to damage EU-Iran relations.
During an interrogation interview, Assadi threatened Belgian authorities of possible retaliation if he is found guilty.