Today, Belgian parliament votes a bill regarding the transfer of convicts between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Belgium.
This bill has caused concern among many Iranian-Belgian citizens and among the Belgian Jewish community.
The reason: the Islamic Republic’s terrible terrorist history of assassinating Iranian opponents and Jews. If this law is approved, the Islamic Republic will be able to send its terrorists to Belgium to murder Jews and Iranian opponents, and after their operation the Belgian government will send these terrorists back to Iran. This means nothing less than participation in terrorism.
Killing Jews and dissidents
Only a few weeks ago, in June, the Turkish and Israeli governments announced the arrest of several terrorists from the Islamic Republic of Iran who were planning to murder Israeli citizens. However, the Islamic Republic’s attempt to kill Jews does not always fail. The worst mass murder of Jews by the Islamic Republic of Iran took place in Argentina. On 18 July 1994, 84 Argentine Jews were killed and 230 wounded in an act of terror. In this case, arrest warrants were issued against several of the main officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, without any ultimate consequences.
But more than the Jews, it are mainly Iranian opponents who have been killed in Europe. According to the report of the Broumand Foundation, the Islamic Republic of Iran has already killed more than 540 of its opponents outside Iran, mostly in Europe.
This bill puts the lives of these opponents in even greater danger. Iranians have expressed their concern and anger about the bill on social media, with a letter from several hundred of the Islamic Republic’s most prominent opponents and human rights activists, including 2013 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, being sent to Prime Minister De Croo.
The Asadi bill
The first outcome of the bill on the transfer of convicts with the Islamic Republic will be the release of Asadollah Asadi. Asadi was one of Iran’s leading spies, who was in charge of operations across Europe. On the 4th of February 2021 the Iranian has been convicted for involvement in a failed bomb attack targeting members of the Iranian opposition at a mass rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran. Asadi is held in a Belgian prison doing a twenty-year jail time.
According to this bill, the Islamic Republic can pardon convicts. This is a total weakness against terrorism. Asadollah Asadi, like other terrorists, will be promoted in Iran. High officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic welcome all terrorists sent back to Iran from European prisons at Tehran airport as heroes and put floral wreaths around their necks.
This is what also happened to terrorist Vakili Rad, who killed Shapour Bakhtiar, Iran’s last prime minister before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, in Paris, and terrorist Kazem Darabi, who was involved in the Mykonos massacre in Berlin. They were all promoted and appointed to higher functions. Another terrorist, Jafar Sahraroudi, who was involved in the murder of Abdolrahman Ghasemlou in Vienna, was, after being sent back to Tehran, made chief of cabinet of Ali Larijani, former head of the Iranian parliament, and even joined a diplomatic delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for negotiations with Western parties in Cairo.
Reportedly, the release of a French and a Belgian hostage in Iran and a possible release of Dr Djalali is the aim of this bill. But this bill only encourages more terrorism.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to take Western citizens hostage for over the past 43 years, just because it has been able to sell its hostages to the West at a good price.
Mohsen Rezaei, the Vice President of President Ebrahim Raisi’s Economic Affairs Cabinet and former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, recently stated that in order to improve the economic situation in Iran, Westerners should be taken hostage and then sold at an exorbitant price.
Moreover, the extradition of terrorists to Iran has always encouraged the Islamic Republic to carry out more terrorist operations.
For example: Anis Naccache, who unsuccessfully tried to kill Shapour Bakhtiar in Paris on 18/7/1980, was pardoned by the French President Mitterand on 27/7/1990, in exchange for the release of French hostages. He was then welcomed in Tehran as a hero. Only one year later, on 06/8/1991, Shapour Bakhtiar was murdered in Paris by another assassination commando sent by Tehran.
On the other hand, a strict crackdown on terrorist acts by the Islamic Republic of Iran resulted in the Iranian regime not committing any terrorist acts in Europe for a while and not taking any European citizens hostage. For example, after all European Union countries recalled their ambassadors from Iran following the court ruling on the Mykonos murders, which condemned the Islamic Republic in 1997, the Iranian regime stopped taking hostages and committing acts of terror in Europe for more than a decade.
If one day the Islamic Republic of Iran will carry out a terrorist operation in Belgium, the hands of the current Belgian government will also be stained with blood.
Darya Safai & Theo Francken
Members of Belgian Parliament
Picture: Asadollah Asadi