Belgium approves prisoner take care of Iran

After two days of heated debate, 79 members voted sure to the settlement. 41 voted no.

The settlement signifies that Iranians convicted of crimes in Belgium will have the option to request to serve their sentence in Iran, and vice versa.

Both exiled Iranians and the Belgian opposition fear that an Iranian diplomat, who was sentenced in 2021 to twenty years in jail for terrorism in Belgium, will now be extradited to Iran.

The man was convicted together with three others for having deliberate a bomb assault in opposition to an Iranian opposition assembly exterior Paris in June 2018. He then labored on the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria.

According to the court docket in Antwerp, he should have acted on behalf of the Iranian intelligence service.

Tehran has reacted angrily to the decision, demanding that Belgium acknowledge the person’s diplomatic standing and launch him.

In February, a Belgian assist employee was arrested in Iran and the Belgian authorities has been criticized for bowing to Iranian blackmail by introducing the invoice. But Prime Minister Alexander de Croos has argued that the deal is the one solution to carry the assist employee dwelling.

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