Not only was he a neat diplomat, he was also a dangerous top spy. Assadollah A. gets 20 years in prison from a Belgian court for plotting an attack on a congress of an Iranian resistance movement in 2018 in France. The executors of the foiled bombing, Amir S. and his wife Nasimeh N., have to go to jail for fifteen and eighteen years, respectively, and a fourth suspect, Merhad A. gets seventeen years.
The conference attended 30,000 people, including French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, US former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, and former lawyer of Donald Trump. Merhad A. was there, too.
The 48-year-old diplomat was employed at the Iranian Embassy in Vienna. This A. would have been the brains behind the attack and delivered a bomb to the Belgian-Iranian couple Amir S. and Nasimeh N. from Wilrijk. The couple and Merhad A. also lost their Belgian nationality, judged the judge.
On the way to attack
The couple was arrested by the police on 30 June 2018 in Brussels with 500 grams of explosive and an ignition device in the car. They were on their way to the congress near Paris.
A Belgian lawyer advocated that the Iranian secret service MOIS should henceforth be labelled as a terrorist organisation, reports Nieuwsblad. “Here is a huge bloodshed foiled. This matter has an enormous relevance, not only for our country but for Europe. Together we can say: we are not participating in this,” he said. “This is a symbol file in which manifestly abuses international treaties, whereby a secret agent could go ahead for years.”