On August 8, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference in Brussels outlining the results of an investigation into the structure of the Iranian regime’s terrorism-intelligence apparatus, particularly in Europe.
The results of this investigation come after an attempted bombing on the “Free Iran” rally on June 30, where Belgium authorities arrested a couple with explosive material and devices for denotation. An Iranian diplomat was arrested in Germany and implicated in the thwarted attack.
Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, delivered the findings. He noted that Iran’s intelligence and terrorist activities in Europe increased after PMOI members were relocated to Albania from Iraq, as well as the deepening economic and social issues that have led to ongoing anti-regime protests and the end of the Obama administration, which meant a change in U.S. policy toward the regime.
Assadollah Assadi, the third consular at the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna, was arrested on July 1 in Germany. A statement released by German authorities announced that Assadi is a member of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) and was the one that provided explosives to the couple prior to their attempt to enter the rally.
Assadollah Assadi background
According to the NCRI, Assadi was in charge of the MOIS station in Austria since June 2014. This outpost or embassy coordinates all MOIS activities throughout Europe. Assadi is accused of plotting terrorist attacks, has experience with explosives and demolition, and is trained in intelligence gathering and reconnaissance.
He was also posted in Iraq, where he was tasked with collecting information about the coalition forces in Iraq, their headquarters and main centers, as well as identifying opponents of the Iranian regime. Assadi was identified as playing a key role in attacks against the PMOI between 2004 and 2008. One such incident including blowing up a bus carrying workers to Camp Ashraf on May 29, 2006.
Necessary steps to end terror activities of Iranian regime in Europe
After noting multiple instances of terrorist activities, as well as outlining how the embassies of Iran are used as bases for intelligence gathering and attack planning, Mohaddessin outlined several necessary steps to end these activities by the Iranian regime.
First, perpetrators of terrorist crimes need to be prosecuted for their crimes without any political considerations. Second, the MOIS agents and spies throughout Europe needed to be arrested, tried, and then expelled from those countries. Finally, the regime’s embassies and representative offices need to be closed down throughout Europe.
“The regime, in its final stage, should not be given the opportunity to undermine the security of the Iranian refugees and dissidents in Europe,” said Mohaddessin.
This investigation highlighted the continued efforts by the regime to stifle the Iranian resistance and their supporters.