Iranian diplomat extradited to Belgium over 'bomb plot'

An Iranian diplomat linked to an alleged bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France has been extradited to Belgium from Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday (October 9th).

The Vienna-based Iranian, who has previously been identified as Assadollah Assadi, was handed over and will appear before the Belgian judge in charge of the case on Wednesday, the Federal Prosecutor's Office told AFP.

Iran last week denied French accusations that one of its diplomats was involved in the alleged plot that took place just ahead of a visit to Europe by President Hassan Rouhani.

The suspected plan to target a gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in a Paris suburb came to light a few days after the June 30th event.

Six people were arrested afterwards in co-ordinated raids by European police forces.

Belgian authorities in July requested the extradition of both Assadi and another of the detainees, who they believe is an accomplice of a team caught in Brussels in possession of 500 grams of the powerful explosive TATP and a detonator.

All three are Belgian nationals of Iranian origin.

French security services believe the Iranian intelligence ministry was behind the foiled plot.

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