An Iranian diplomat will go on trial accused of handing over a powerful bomb to a couple in a Pizza Hut restaurant to detonate at an anti-Tehran rally.
The diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, 48, who is believed to be a member of Iran’s intelligence service, will go on trial in Antwerp next week along with three other suspects. A serving diplomat has never before been arrested and charged with terrorism in Europe. They are accused of terrorism offences following a two-year investigation into an alleged plot to target the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s annual rally, in Villepinte, in the northeast suburbs of Paris, on June 30, 2018.
Tehran has called Assadi’s arrest “fundamentally illegal” and said they had the right to a “proportionate response” against the countries involved.