A German court today approved the handover of an Iranian diplomat to Belgium. The diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, was allegedly working on a plot to plant a bomb in a June Iranian opposition rally in Paris. The plot also involved an Iranian couple operating with Assadi. The extradition ruling will probably make it impossible for Iran to save its diplomat.
The ruling was heard on September 27 at the superior regional court in Bamberg. The statement approved extraditing the Iranian diplomat from Germany to Belgium. Before this, Assadi worked as a diplomat in Vienna, where he enjoyed immunity. Iran was trying to get him extradited to Austria which could have seen him going back to Iran.
The court ruling said that since Assadi was arrested while on holiday, the diplomatic immunity was of no use.
“The wanted man cannot cite diplomatic immunity because he was on a several day holiday trip outside his host state Austria and not traveling between his host country and the state that dispatched him,” it said.
The explosives were first found by the Belgian police, who have requested the extradition of the remaining suspects. Reports indicate that the six Iranians involved in the foiled bomb plot were arrested in three European countries.