Skip links

Belgium’s Shameful and Dangerous Deal with Iran

Recently Belgium reached a shameful deal with Iran: an innocent Belgian aid worker, Olivier Vandecasteele, held for 455 days in Iran on fake charges of spying, was swapped for an Iranian intelligence officer, Assadollah Assadi, convicted to 20 years in prison for orchestrating together with two Belgian citizens a bomb attack in June 2018 against a major gathering of an Iranian opposition group near Paris, France. This “victory” of the regime could impact negatively on dozens of other cases of European citizens taken hostage in Iran for their alleged role in the huge popular protests against the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini in police custody and the ferocious repression by the government’s Islamic Guards. 

Publication forthcoming in the Times of Israel