Iran Summons German Ambassador Over Extradition of Wanted Diplomat

Diplomat in Belgium is accused of participating in a Paris bomb plot; Iran's Foreign Ministry calls German move attempt to sever Tehran's ties with Europe

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman who has blasted accusations against the Iranian diplomat in Belgium.
AFP

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has summoned the German ambassador over a German court decision to hand over an Iranian diplomat wanted in Belgium.

A German court on Oct. 1 approved the extradition of Vienna-based Assadollah Assadi, who is wanted in Belgium on suspicion he was part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris on June 30.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi called the verdict a plot by parties seeking to sever Iran-Europe relations. He offered no evidence for the claim.

Assadi was apprehended in July near the German city of Aschaffenburg on a European warrant alleging his involvement in the plot to bomb the rally. His arrest came after a couple with Iranian roots was stopped in Belgium and authorities reported finding powerful explosives in their car.