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Iran summons German ambassador after diplomat extradited

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Tehran (dpa) - Tehran on Wednesday summoned the German ambassador after one of its diplomats was extradited from Germany to Belgium over an alleged bomb plot targeting Iranian exiles.

"At the meeting with the ambassador we protested against the arrest, imprisonment and extradition of the Iranian diplomat," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said in a statement.

He also repeated Tehran‘s denial of all allegations against the man, who has been identified only as 46-year-old Assadollah A, and said they were part of a "conspiracy" by groups who wanted to damage relations between Iran and the European Union.

Assadollah A, who was based in Vienna, is believed to be the mastermind behind a thwarted plot to bomb Iranian exiles living in France.

He is suspected of passing a device containing 500 grams of explosives to a couple living in Belgium with the intention that they should carry out the attack on a rally in Villepinte near Paris on June 30, attended by some 25,000 Iranians opposed to the government in Tehran.

A Belgian special unit stopped the couple in their car in Brussels before they could carry out the attack. German police arrested the diplomat the next day, July 1, at a motorway service station near the town of Aschaffenburg.

He was extradited to Belgium on Tuesday. He had been accredited since 2014 to the Iranian embassy in Vienna, working for Iran‘s MOIS intelligence agency, which monitors opposition groups in the country and abroad.

But his diplomatic immunity only applied in Austria, meaning that his extradition on the basis of a European arrest warrant issued by Belgium could go ahead.


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