Belgium to try Iranian diplomat in bomb case

Belgium to try Iranian diplomat in bomb case
Police vehicles in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 16, 2015. (File photo: AFP)
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Updated 15 July 2020

Belgium to try Iranian diplomat in bomb case

Belgium to try Iranian diplomat in bomb case
  • Belgian anti-terror prosecutors announced they had foiled a bomb attempt in July 2018
  • Belgian couple of Iranian descent were arrested

BRUSSELS: A Belgian court on Wednesday ordered that four suspects including an Iranian diplomat will face trial later this year accused of taking part in a plot to bomb an opposition rally.
The four are charged with “attempted murder of a terrorist nature” and of “taking part in the actions of a terrorist organization,” a spokesman for federal prosecutors, Eric Van Der Sypt, told AFP.
In July 2018, Belgian anti-terror prosecutors announced they had foiled an attempt to bomb a June 30 meeting of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an exiled opposition movement, outside Paris.
On June 30, the day of the meeting, a Belgian couple of Iranian descent were arrested driving in the Brussels region with half a kilo of the unstable explosive TATP and a detonator.
Investigators identified two more suspects, including Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat posted in Vienna who was arrested in Germany and transferred to Belgian custody in October 2018.
Opposition spokesmen have accused him of ordering the planned attack, and France has accused Iranian intelligence of being behind the plot.
The trial will take place in the port city of Antwerp.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.