Representative Randy Weber tears up Belgian government’s ‘immoral’ plan to send terrorists back to Iran

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) slammed the Belgian government’s plans to send back to Iran terrorists who planned a major attack in France in 2018 “to plot more terrorist acts” under a “shameful” deal with “the main state sponsor of terrorism in the world”. .” He further warned that it would make Europe and the Americas “ripe for more terrorism” at the hands of the Islamic Republic.

In a video message posted to Twitter on Sunday, Texas Congressman Randy Weber said he was “shocked” to find that the Belgian government “has reached an agreement with the world’s first state sponsor of terrorism” that would fire Iranian terrorists to continue “plotting”. “more terror.

In response, the congressman urged his colleagues to join him in “sounding the alarm” about the arrangement.

“I have been involved in the fight against terrorism and aggression by the Iranian regime for a decade in the United States House of Representatives, and make no mistake about it, I am a strong supporter of a Republic of Free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran,” he said. said in the clip of just over two minutes.

Claiming to have been “appalled” in 2018 to learn that the Iranian regime used “diplomatic cover to detonate a powerful bomb to detonate a huge annual rally in Paris where hundreds of people, including many Americans, could be killed “, the Congressman said he was “happy to see that a Belgian court tried and convicted” the terrorist, sentencing him to 20 years in prison.

“We have taken this matter very seriously at the House of [Representatives] and 252 of my colleagues co-sponsored H.Res.118 which condemned this act of terrorism and even called for the closure of Iranian embassies,” he said.

Despite his earlier satisfaction with Belgium’s actions against terrorists, Representative Weber described being “shocked” to discover that the Belgian government “has reached an agreement with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and plans to return Iranian terrorists in Iran to plan other terrorist acts”. .”

“This absurd agreement will now be submitted to the Belgian parliament for approval,” he said. “And now we recognize the imminent danger of this so-called arrangement and want to raise the alarm bells that this does not happen.”

Urging Belgian Speaker of the House of Representatives Patrick Dewael and “all Belgian parliamentarians” to “reject any language in the bill that would allow terrorists to return to their terrorist nests”, Rep. Weber said: “You don’t understand not your killer snake… who attacked you to kill you, only to put it back in the snake pit.

Texas Congressman Randy Weber speaks during NASA’s 2021 Astronaut Candidate Announcement Event on December 6, 2021 at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. (THOMAS SHEA/AFP via Getty Images)

He also warned that an endorsement of the “shameful” deal “would make Belgium a safe haven for the mullahs’ terrorism”.

“It’s not just wrong, it’s immoral and it will make Europe and the Americas unsafe and ripe for more terrorism at the hands of the Iranian regime,” he said, before calling his colleagues ” both sides of the aisle” to talk. come out and do everything possible “to stop appeasing the ayatollahs”.

Last year, a Belgian court sentenced Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi for plotting a thwarted 2018 bomb attack on an opposition rally outside Paris and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

Assadi, now 50, was attached to the Iranian mission in Austria when he provided explosives and a detonator for the planned attack in what would have been a ‘bloodbath’, according to the National Council of resistance in Iran (NCRI).

After the failed attack, he was arrested in Germany in July 2018, where he was deemed unable to claim diplomatic immunity.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) speaks during a press conference with fellow House Republicans on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty)

Three accomplices, dual Iranian-Belgians, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 to 18 years and stripped of their Belgian nationality.

Political leader Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), warned that if the bill is passed, it will “encourage religious fascism in Tehran to advance its terrorism.”

“No one in Europe will be safe from the murderers in power in #Iran,” she wrote.

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