Five UK MPs escaped death after Iranian diplomat ‘smuggled Mother of Satan bomb’

Five MPs were among thousands who escaped a terror plot at a rally in Paris two years ago, allegedly engineered by an Iranian diplomat.

Assadollah Assadi is on trial for allegedly sneaking a "Mother of Satan" bomb on a commercial flight to be used at a rally attended by a 35-strong delegation of Brits and thousands of people.

Assadi, 48, is accused of smuggling the 'Mother of Satan' device which was intended to be used at a Free Iran Rally in Paris in June 2018.

The prime target of the plot was said to be Maryam Rajavi, head of an exiled Iranian opposition group, it is reported.

One MP who was at the rally said had the plot succeeded, "it would have been the deadliest terror operation ever carried out in Europe" and the US would  "undeniably have declared war on Iran".

Assadi, who is due to go on trial today, allegedly concealed the device in a diplomatic bag which was exempt from security searches, court papers show, as first reported by the Sun.

Conservative MPs Bob Blackman, Matthew Offord, and Theresa Villiers attended the event, according to the register of interests on the Government's website.

They were joined by another Tory MP, Sir David Amess, and Labour's Roger Godsiff, according to the newspaper.

The alleged smuggling took place on the Austrian Airlines flight from Tehran to Vienna in 2018, the paper reports.

The MPs were part of the British delegation at the rally in Paris, with other guests including US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and leading US politician Newt Gingrich.

Assadi, a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is on trial in Belgium alongside Amir Saadouni, 40, Amir’s wife Nasimeh Naami, 36, and a fourth man.

He is one of the first diplomats to be charged with terror offences.

Saadouni and Naami go on trial in Antwerp today alongside two Iranian citizens, including diplomat Assadi, who is believed to be the plot's mastermind.

A bomb that had been meant to explode at the Free Iran Rally on June 30 2018 was found in the car of a couple who were arrested in the Belgian capital Brussels.

The type of explosive found was the same as those used in the November 2015 Paris attacks in which 130 were killed, and the Manchester Arena bombing in which Salman Abedi killed 23 people.

According to court documents, Assadi operated on the orders of Iran's authorities and smuggled the explosives into Europe on a commercial flight.

He allegedly handed the bomb to Saadouni and Naami during a meeting in a Pizza Hut restaurant in Luxembourg two days before they were arrested.

Former Environment Secretary Ms Villiers told The Sun: "Sending a bomb to Europe in a diplomatic bag on a commercial flight is an outrage.

"If the court decides that is what happened it will be shocking. I feel I’ve had a lucky escape."

While Bob Blackman, one of the MPs at the rally and Executive Secretary of the 1922 Committee, said if the plot had succeeded the US would "undeniably have declared war on Iran", starting World War 3. 

Mr Blackman told the Sun: "For the first time in history, an accredited diplomat is about to face trial on terrorism charges in Europe.

"That he represents the government of Iran is no surprise."

He said there were around 100,000 Iranians at the rally and hundreds of international dignitaries, including British MPs and Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

"Had the plot succeeded, it would have been the deadliest terror operation ever carried out in Europe," he added.

"The US would undeniably have declared war on Iran – and it was only because the plot was foiled, World War Three was averted."

He added: "No normal state uses a diplomat roaming Europe with a bomb.

"Iran’s embassies have been part of its terror operations for decades.

"But the UK and EU have adopted a far too conciliatory tone with Iran in recent years.

"After three decades of soft approach, it is time to hold the Iranian regime accountable."

Belgian police were tipped off about a possible attack on the rally of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, before finding 550g of explosive and a detonator in the couple's Mercedes car.

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