Posted: May 12, 2022 12:01 AM
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On 10th May, judges in the court of Appeal in Antwerp, Belgium, gave their final ruling on the appeal by three Iranian agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), on their attempt to bomb the huge annual rally of the NCRI democratic Iranian opposition at Villepinte near Paris in June 2018. It was significant that not only were their appeals rejected, but their sentences were increased. Amir Sadouni and Nasimeh Naamiwere each given 18 years terms of imprisonment, while Mehdad Arefani’s sentence was extended to 17 years. In addition, all three co-conspirators of the terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi, had their Belgian passports confiscated and their citizenship annulled. They will be deported back to Iran when their jail terms are completed.
I was present at the June 2018 gathering in Villepinte and was a plaintiff in the trial of Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian diplomat from their embassy in Vienna and his three co-conspirators. Throughout history diplomats, as the representatives of sovereign