TEHRAN – An Iranian diplomat linked to an alleged bomb plot in opposition to an Iranian opposition rally in France has been extradited to Belgium from Germany, prosecutors mentioned on Tuesday.
The Vienna-based Iranian, who has beforehand been recognized as Assadollah Assadi, was handed over and can seem earlier than the Belgian decide answerable for the case on Wednesday, the Federal Prosecutor’s Workplace advised AFP.
Iran final week staunchly denied French accusations that one in every of its diplomats was concerned within the alleged plot that passed off simply forward of a go to to Europe by President Hassan Rouhani.
The suspected plan to focus on a gathering of the Nationwide Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in a Paris suburb got here to mild a number of days after the June 30 occasion.
Six individuals had been arrested afterwards in coordinated raids by European police forces, together with Assadi.
The assembly was additionally attended by main US figures, together with shut allies of US President Donald Trump.
Iran has accused the opposition group, the Individuals’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK), which Tehran considers a “terrorist” group, of orchestrating the plot to discredit Rouhani.
Belgian authorities in July requested the extradition of each Assadi and a person recognized as Merhad A., who was detained in Paris.
Belgian police consider Merhad A. is an confederate of a husband and spouse workforce caught in Brussels in possession of 500 grams of the highly effective explosive TATP and a detonator. All three are Belgian nationals of Iranian origin.
“We deny the accusations and forcefully condemn the Iranian diplomat’s arrest and name for his instant launch,” the Iran overseas affairs ministry mentioned on October 2 in an announcement.
However French safety providers consider the Iranian intelligence ministry was behind the foiled plot. In retaliation, France introduced final week it had frozen Assadi’s belongings for six months.