UPDATE: 5:30 PM CET
William Bourdon: This is a historical trial and when a diplomat is brought to justice for a terror crime
.@BourdonWilliam2 : This is a historical trial and when a diplomat is brought to justice for a terror crime, it is in fact the state responsibility. If the plot had occurred the tragedy would have been catastrophe, this is the level of violation.#ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists pic.twitter.com/thHMUUO1UR
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) November 27, 2020
DW – Belgium: Iranian diplomat refuses to show for bomb plot trial
An Iranian diplomat refused to turn up for trial in Belgium on Friday, where he is accused of plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris. Assadollah Assadi, 48, faces life in prison if convicted by the Antwerp court. Assadi is claiming “diplomatic immunity” his lawyer Dimitri de Beco told reporters outside the court, adding that he would be representing his client. This case is the first time that a European Union country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.
Iranian Worker flogged 74 times for “insulting” Labor Minister in Iran
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) November 27, 2020
UPDATE: 11:00 AM CET
Maryam Rajavi Remarks on Terrorism Trial of Iran Diplomat Assadi and His Accomplices in Belgium
Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif and Alavi must face justice for four decades of terrorism. A necessary and deterrent measure against godfather of international terrorism.
- The European Union must designate the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist entities.
- The Iranian regime’s intelligence agents, and the Quds Force and its mercenaries in European countries must be prosecuted and expelled. Granting political refugee status and nationality to these operatives by the European countries must be considered a red line.
- European countries must shut down the clerical regime’s embassies and the so-called cultural and religious centers, which are in reality centers to coordinate terrorism and espionage.
The Supreme National Security Council, presided over by Hassan Rouhani made the decision to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering at the Villepinte, and the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei approved it.#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies#Iranhttps://t.co/wnmKigCX7s pic.twitter.com/Lo43txXdXO
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 27, 2020
Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee:
Prior to today’s court session in Antwerp, Belgium, Iranian opposition NCRI member Farzin Hashemi said reports from Iran indicate regime FM Zarif has ordered the regime’s diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi to not attend his trial to leave many questions unanswered.
The Iranian Resistance & our lawyers seek an opportunity to question Assadi in court to reveal the truth. Hearings for this diplomat-terrorist begin. Gratitude to the Belgian judiciary. This is a historic litmus test for the EU & its Member States
Even diplomats of countries at war have not shown such behavior. The answer to assassinations, hostage-takings, chantage, massacring prisoners & demonstrators is a firm policy, not appeasement.
1) Prior to today’s court session in Antwerp, Belgium, Iranian opposition NCRI member Farzin Hashemi said reports from #Iran indicate regime FM Zarif has ordered the regime’s diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi to not attend his trial to leave many questions unanswered.
— Mohammad Mohaddessin (@Mohaddessin) November 27, 2020
UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET
The Belgium Court today, the news conference of Lawyers and member of the @iran_policy, prime target of the Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomat in Paris 2018
The Belgium Court today, the news conference of Lawyers and member of the @iran_policy, prime target of the Iranian regime's terrorist diplomat in Paris 2018 #ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies pic.twitter.com/4kzLdfhsXK
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 27, 2020
Iran: Coronavirus Fatalities in 465 Cities Exceeds 169,100
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, November 26, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 465 cities had exceeded 169,100. The number of victims in Tehran is 41,641, Khorasan Razavi 12,015, Isfahan 9,595, Khuzestan 9,090, Lorestan 6,975, Qom 6,785, East Azerbaijan 6,734, Mazandaran 6,592, West Azerbaijan 6,170, Fars 4,752, Alborz 4,532, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,271, Hamedan 4,255, Golestan 4,202, Kermanshah 3,646, Central Province 3,303, Kerman 3,174, Kurdistan 2,991, Ardabil 1,900, Hormozgan 1,850, Qazvin 1,729, Ilam 1,695, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,189.
David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament: I ask the Iranian authorities to commute the death penalty of Swedish-Iranian doctor Ahmadreza Djalali
I ask the Iranian authorities to commute the death penalty of Swedish-Iranian doctor Ahmadreza Djalali.
The death penalty is never justified, it is an affront to human dignity and its abolition is a priority for the EU.
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) November 26, 2020
Protest rally of Kermanshah lawyers
On Wednesday, November 25, attorneys held a rally, protesting the Parliament (Majlis) recent plan over considering the advocacy as a business. In their protest, in front of the Lawyers Union Office in the central square of Kermanshah city, western Iran, local attorneys demanded officials to suspend the plan.
Notably, according to the Majlis’ plan about article 44 of amending the executive law of general policies, Bar Association has been considered as a business. The issue prompted attorneys’ complaint in different provinces. They held or are holding protesting rallies to express their protests.
Petri Sarvamaa, MEP from Finland: My heart goes out to families of 1500 brave men and women who lost their lives in November 2019 uprising for free Iran
Petri Sarvamaa, MEP from Finland: My heart goes out to families of 1500 brave men &women who lost their lives in November2019 uprising for free Iran. 1yr after that bloody November2019 uprising, let’s remember them for their strength & resilience in their quest for freedom. pic.twitter.com/DjYB0u2Izt
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) November 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020, marks the 371st day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 828 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UPRISING:
Number of uprising cities: 191
Number of martyrs: At least 1500
Number of injured: More than 4,000
Number of detainees: More than 12,000
Read more: Iran News in Brief – November 26, 2020