Iranian Opposition Group Reveals Details of Paris Bomb Plot against it

Iranian Opposition Group Reveals Details of Paris Bomb Plot against it

Thursday, 9 August, 2018 - 06:00
Supporters of Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attend a rally in Villepinte, near Paris, France. (Reuters)
Brussels – Abdullah Mustafa
The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed on Wednesday the details of the failed plot to bomb its conference in late June.

Chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Mohammad Mohaddesin told a press conference in Brussels that the opposition group had identified three of the suspects involved in the plot, which he said was ordered by the Iranian regime.

The purpose of his press conference was to highlight the role of the regime in planning terrorist attacks, he stressed.

Two of the suspects, married couple Amir Saadouni, 38, and Nasimeh Naamani, 34, were arrested in Belgium. They claimed to be supporters of the NCRI and attempted to infiltrate its ranks, said Mohaddesin.

Naamani had traveled from Belgium to Iran in 2009 where she married Saadouni.

Saadouni had secretly traveled to Iran on July 2.

Mohaddesin identified the third suspect as Assadollah Assadi, 46, the chief of Iranian intelligence in the Iranian embassy in Vienna. He was appointed to the embassy in 2014 under the position of “third secretary.”

Assadi gave the final order to the terrorists to carry out their attack against the NCRI in June, he added.

The attack was plotted months ago by Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, head of intelligence, chief of the national security council, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and its Quds Force and Khamanei’s political and security affairs deputy, said Mohaddesin.

The Iranian intelligence ministry tasked Assadi with carrying out the plot, he added.

The intelligence and security center in Vienna has been transformed into the coordinator of intelligence and security in Europe, he charged.

The plotters were planning on bombing an NCRI meeting that was held on June 30 in Villepinte, a Paris suburb.

US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and several former European and Arab ministers attended the meeting.

Six people, including the Iranian diplomat, were arrested for the crime.

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