A Belgian court ruled on Iranian diplomat Asadullah A. Sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for plotting an attack in Paris. The goal was a conference of an Iranian resistance movement that took place in 2018.
The perpetrators of the failed bombing were imprisoned, Amir S. And his wife Nasima N. For fifteen and eighteen years, respectively. The fourth suspect, Merhad A. Sentenced to seventeen years in prison.
30,000 people attended the conference, including French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, US politician Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and former lawyer for Donald Trump. There was also a bed of A.
The diplomat was Asad Allah a. The 48-year-old is working for the Iranian embassy in Vienna at the time. He could have been the mastermind of the attack. He is also said to have thrown a grenade on the Belgian-Iranian couple from Welric. The judge decided that the spouses and Mirhad A. would lose their Belgian citizenship.
Police in Brussels arrested the couple on June 30, 2018, with 500 grams of explosives and an ignition mechanism in the car. They were on their way to the conference. The attack was thwarted by the French, Belgian and German police.
It is rare for a diplomat to be convicted of such a crime
All suspects had sought acquittal. The couple who was to carry out the attack insisted that they were not intended to be victims.
Lawyer A. As a diplomat, he is protected from prosecution. a. He only broke his silence once. He did so to warn that his indictment might have repercussions. The diplomat referred to other armed groups who, he says, are watching the issue closely.
It is rare for a diplomat to be convicted of such a crime. The ruling could lead to a deterioration in relations between Brussels and Tehran.
The European Union wants to study the ruling first and has not commented on it yet.