News ID: 322271
Published: 0214 GMT June 14, 2022

Official urges probe into rights abuses against jailed Iranian diplomat in Belgium

Official urges probe into rights abuses against jailed Iranian diplomat in Belgium
IRNA

A senior Iranian official censured Germany and Belgium over the “illegal” detention and trial of Assadollah Assadi, calling for a probe into human rights abuses against the Iranian diplomat.

In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, urged the world body to hold the two European countries accountable for gross human rights abuses against Assadi, Press TV reported.

Despite enjoying diplomatic immunity, the Iranian diplomat based in the Austrian capital of Vienna was arrested on bogus charges while visiting Germany in July 2018.

Nearly three months after his arrest, Assadi was extradited to Belgium where he is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

In the letter, Gharibabadi condemned the actions taken by the authorities in Germany and Belgium against Assadi and his family as a “flagrant violation” of the country’s international obligations.

The top rights official said Assadi had faced various forms of torture during his detention in Germany, including being kept in cold cells with insufficient clothing, deprived of proper food, as well as being incarcerated with dangerous criminals and subjected to mistreatment by prison authorities.

 

 

 

 

   
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