Terrorism: Iran

Home Office written question – answered on 24th February 2021.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the recent conviction in Belgium of the Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, for terrorism offences, if she will take steps with her European counterparts to facilitate cooperation between law enforcement bodies in different countries to investigate whether other Iranian diplomats and embassies are involved in terrorism.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority. We will continue to work closely with our international partners to protect the UK and our interests from any Iran-based threats.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes a deal on law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation which delivers a comprehensive package of capabilities that will ensure we can work with counterparts across Europe to tackle serious crime and terrorism – protecting the public and bringing criminals to justice.

We remain committed to working together with European partners to counter the threats we all face, within Europe and beyond.

Specific investigations and prosecutions are a matter for the independent law enforcement agencies and prosecutors concerned. We do not comment on specific cases.

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