Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Iranian diplomat in Austria held over Paris bomb plot

Austria is preparing to strip the diplomatic immunity from an Iranian envoy suspected of planning to bomb Iranian politicians in France.

The diplomat and two other arrested people are suspected of plotting to attack a meeting of exiled opposition members in Paris last weekend.

Tehran denies any involvement.

The diplomatic tension comes a day before President Hassan Rouhani is due to arrive in Austria to discuss a disputed nuclear deal.

Two Belgian nationals apprehended in Brussels are reported to be husband and wife, and to be of Iranian origin.
The Iranian diplomat, identified as Assadollah A, is ordinarily based in the Austrian capital. But he was arrested in Germany.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters that his country had evidence that the attack had been planned by a terrorist organisation.

"The latest scenario has been planned and carried out to damage Iran-Europe ties amid such sensitive and crucial times," he said.

BBC     News.

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