MEPs to Angela Merkel: Iran Regime’s Diplomat-Terrorist Must Be Extradited to Belgium
Asadollah Assadi, The Iranian Regime’s Diplomat-Terrorist must be extradited to Belgium to face the justice as soon as possible. 23 members of the European Parliament asked in a letter to German chancellor Angela Merkel.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Brussels- 11 July 2018
Letter from the European Parliament
The Hon. Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
As you know the German police have arrested an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Belgium, he has been connected to the terrorist plot to bomb the Paris gathering of the Iranian democratic opposition on 30 June. According to media reports, Assadi was based at the embassy in Vienna and was arrested en route to Austria on the A3 highway near Aschaffenburg (Germany) after handing over a bomb to two Belgian-Iranian agents in Luxembourg.
The Belgian government has publicly asked Germany for the extradition of Assadi to Belgium.
We have now received reliable information that the Iranian regime is trying to pervert the course of justice by putting pressure to rescue its diplomat who is held on a European arrest warrant on suspicion of terrorism, by having him returned to Austria, where he had diplomatic immunity.
According to press reports and legal experts, the diplomatic immunity of Assadi does not apply in this case, as the crime he is wanted for did not happen in the country where he had diplomatic immunity, and he was arrested while he was outside Austrian borders.
We are therefore very much concerned about this issue that the Iranian regime might use every pressure and intimidation to divert the course of justice.
As the rule of law and application of justice should never be compromised under any circumstances, the Iranian diplomat, Assadi, must be sent to Belgium to face justice as soon as possible.