Belgian Court Sentences Iranian Diplomat to 20 Years for Bomb Plot 

A court in Belgium has convicted an Iranian diplomat for plotting a thwarted bomb attack against an Iranian opposition group in France in 2018. The court on Thursday sentenced Assadollah Assadi to 20 years in prison. Belgian prosecutors said the Vienna-based Assadi and others planned to bomb a rally of the Paris-based National Council Resistance of Iran. The court sentenced three other people Thursday to prison terms of 15 to 18 years. Assadi, who was arrested during a trip to Germany, refused to testify at his trial last year, claiming he had diplomatic immunity. The trial was the first time a European Union country adjudicated a terrorism case involving an Iranian official since Iran’s 1979 revolution. 

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