Belgium envoy in Iran summoned over sentencing of Iranian diplomat by an Iranian court

On February 9. Iran summoned the Belgian ambassador in Tehran to protest at the ruling issued by a court in the Belgian city of Antwerp against Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi. IRNA reports that the the director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for European Affairs summoned the Belgian ambassador to convey Iran’s protest against the unlawful ruling of the Belgian court.

The Iranian side said in the meeting that the ruling is in violation of international law and that Belgium has neglected its commitments vis-a-vis Iran, thus the Islamic Republic of Iran will never recognize it.

He stressed that the detention, judicial procedure, ruling, and conviction of Assadi is against the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Assadollah Assadi, 49, an Iranian diplomat has been sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Belgian court for attempted murder and involvement in terrorism. The court in Antwerp, Belgium found Assadi guilty of plot to bomb a big French rally held by an exiled opposition group in 2018.

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