An Iranian diplomat on Thursday was convicted of masterminding a foiled bomb assault towards an exiled Iranian opposition group in France in 2018.
Assadollah Assadi ,49, was awarded 20 years of imprisonment by a Belgian court docket after his declare of diplomatic immunity was rejected
That is the primary time an Iranian high official had confronted such expenses within the European Union because the 1979 revolution.
Assadi, who had been contested all the costs towards him, had refused to testify within the case, invoking his diplomatic immunity final 12 months.
Three others had been additionally convicted within the case. They had been detained throughout an operation by German, French and Belgian police.
Throughout the trial, attorneys for the plaintiffs and representatives of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq opposition group, or MEK, claimed with out providing proof that the diplomat plotted the assault on the orders of the Iran’s high officers.
Tehran has denied the allegation as fabrication.
The conviction comes at a time when US President Joe Biden’s administration hints at rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Iran additionally hoped that the brand new US administration will finish the curbs imposed by former President Donald Trump after pulling out of the deal in 2018.
Iranian overseas ministry official has strongly condemned the sentencing of its diplomat. It phrases the method as “illegal and a clear violation of international law, especially the 1961 Vienna Convention (on diplomatic relations)”.
On June 30, 2018, Belgian law enforcement officials foiled an assault towards the annual assembly of the MEK after receiving tip off from secret companies officers.
Police officers had recovered 550 grams of the unstable TATP explosive and a detonator from a car.
Assadi was arrested a day later in Germany and transferred to Belgium.