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Iranian diplomat extradited to Belgium on bomb-plot charges

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The planned attack allegedly targeted a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in the Paris suburb of Villepinte on June 30, which was attended by some 25,000 Iranians opposed to the government in Tehran.

An Iranian diplomat has been extradited from Germany to Belgium to face charges in a bomb-plot case, Radio Free Europe reported on Wednesday.

Identified as Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian diplomat is the suspected mastermind of an attack that allegedly was planned on Iranians living in exile in France.

He was extradited to Belgium on October 9 after a court in Bamberg approved an extradition request last week, police and prosecutorial officials said.

Assadi will appear before a Belgian judge in charge of the case on October 10, the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Brussels told AFP. France announced last week it had frozen Assadi's assets for six months.

Assadi is suspected of passing a device containing 500 grams of explosives to a couple living in Belgium who allegedly planned to use the explosives to carry out the terrorist attack.

The planned attack targeted a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in the Paris suburb of Villepinte on June 30, which was attended by some 25,000 Iranians opposed to the government in Tehran.

The rally was also attended by leading U.S. figures, including President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and other close allies of Trump.

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