News ID: 276663
Published: 0401 GMT November 11, 2020

Iranian lawyers back detained diplomat in Belgium

Iranian lawyers back detained diplomat in Belgium
An Iranian lawyer signs a statement in support of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Asadi detained in Belgium on November 11, 2020.

A group of Iranian lawyers in a statement supported Iranian diplomat Assadollah Asadi who has been detained in Belgium for security charges since 2018.

The Iranian lawyers gathered in front of United Nations office in Tehran and presented a statement, signed by 1,842 lawyers, in support of the Iranian diplomat, IRNA reported.

Belgian prosecutors have accused Vienna-based Asadi in Oct. 2018 and three others of planning an attack that year on a rally of a Paris-based anti-Iran cult, according to Reuters.

The Iranian lawyers said in the statement the measures taken by Austria and Germany are against diplomatic norms.

They urged the UN to hold accountable two countries with regard to violating the Vienna convention on diplomatic immunity.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has categorically ruled out the unfounded allegations against the Iranian diplomat.

Iran regards the detention of Asadi as an unlawful act and a violation of international law and the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention.

Iran has also formally protested to the authorities of the relevant European governments over the unlawful act against its diplomat.


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