0244 GMT August 18, 2022
Iran calls for the extradition of its citizens, Hamid Nouri and Assadollah Assadi, from Sweden and Belgium, respectively, and punishment for the countries that have held them in detention, said the Judiciary spokesman on Wednesday.
Making the remarks in an address to a press conference, Masoud Setayeshi added that Assadi was an Iranian diplomat in Vienna and, based on international rules and regulations, had political immunity, ISNA reported.
He said Assadi was illegally arrested in Germany and unlawfully held in detention in the European state for 121 days.
Based on an illegal court ruling in 2018, Assadi was transferred to Belgium, where he was, again illegally, sentenced to a jail term of 20 years, Setayeshi added, noting that Iran has frequently voiced its objection to the ruling to Belgium.
He stressed that Assadi must be extradited as he has been put on trial and convicted against international norms.
The judicial official rejected speculations about any prisoner exchange between Iran and Belgium.
Turning to Nouri’s detention, Setayeshi gave the assurance that the Iranian administration and Judiciary are making the required efforts and doing the follow ups on the case at the international level.
He, however, noted that those who have arrested Nouri are under terrorists’ control, calling on them to come to their senses and do what is right based on justice.
Assadi’s case, according to legal experts, is based on sham and unsubstantiated charges and smacks of political propaganda against the Islamic Republic.
Belgian authorities in June 2018 said the country’s police had intercepted a car carrying homemade explosives, claiming that the Iranian diplomat handed the material to two people in Belgium.
He was accused of plotting an attack against the anti-Iran MKO terrorist outfit, a claim that has been strongly rejected by Iranian authorities.
The MKO has been responsible for numerous assassinations and bombings against top-ranking Iranian officials since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Nouri was arrested upon arrival in Sweden at Stockholm Airport in November 2019, and was immediately imprisoned. In July, a Swedish court handed the ex-Iranian official a life sentence based on unfounded allegations made by the MKO terrorist group.