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The bill, which includes this treaty signed in March between Belgium and Iran, was approved by a large majority, with 79 votes in favour, 41 against and 11 abstentions, reported the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Defended by the government, which presented it as the only way to free a Belgian aid worker who has been detained for five months in Tehran, the text had already been approved in commission on 6 July.

Since its contents were revealed three weeks ago, this bilateral treaty has sparked a heated debate in Parliament, where the same concerns were expressed by Iranian opponents and their supporters.

These opponents believe that the text opens the way for an extradition to Tehran, and a possible pardon, of Assadollah Assadi, sentenced in 2021 in Belgium to 20 years in prison in particular for the “terrorist assassination attempt”.

Centrist deputy Georges Dalleman warned that the text is “tailor-made” for that Iranian and that this “is a treaty for the release of a convicted terrorist in Belgium”, having been applauded by the nationalists of the N-VA, the main party of the opposition.

Tried by the court in Antwerp (north), Assadollah Assadi was found guilty in February 2021 of having orchestrated a terrorist plot, frustrated ‘in extremis’ on 30 June 2018, when Belgian police detained two Belgian-Iranians in possession near Brussels. of explosives.

The couple was traveling to France, where they were to carry out an attack in Paris, during the annual meeting of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of opponents of the Tehran regime, including the People’s “Mujahideen” (MEK) organization. .

The Antwerp judges found that Assadi promoted this plan on behalf of Iranian intelligence, under diplomatic cover.

The arrest displeased Tehran, which considered that Assadi’s diplomatic immunity had been violated.

This Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry again urged the Belgian government to “release the Iranian diplomat”.

In early July, when presenting this treaty “on the transfer of convicts” to MPs, Belgian Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne sought to allay concerns and dissociate the text from the Assadi case.

The minister acknowledged that since the arrest of the Iranian, the “interests” of Belgium and its 200 citizens in Iran have become targets of possible reprisals.

Proof of the seriousness of these threats came on 24 February, when a Belgian humanitarian worker, Olivier Vandecasteele, was detained without reason in Tehran, a situation that currently motivates and justifies, in the eyes of the Belgian executive, an urgent ratification of the treaty signed on 11 March in Brussels.

“Iran is a villainous state, but we do not choose who we should talk to” and freeing Vandescasteele is “the priority”, highlighted the Minister of Justice this Tuesday, after six hours of intense parliamentary debate.

Vandecasteele’s family also begged the authorities for “everything to be done” for his release, insisting on the deterioration of the humanitarian worker’s physical and mental health.

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By Treadstone 71

@Treadstone71LLC Cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, Influence Operations, Cyber Operations, OSINT, Clandestine Cyber HUMINT, cyber intel and OSINT training and analysis, cyber psyops, strategic intelligence, Open-Source Intelligence collection, analytic writing, structured analytic techniques, Target Adversary Research, cyber counterintelligence, strategic intelligence analysis, estimative intelligence, forecasting intelligence, warning intelligence, threat intelligence