Iran: Protest at 20-year sentence for diplomat in Belgium

Issue 1120 - 18 Feb 2021

 Belgium’s ambassador to Iran Veronique Petit was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department for European Affairs director-general on 9 February to receive a formal written statement of Tehran’s displeasure at the conviction of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi by an Antwerp court five days earlier. Tehran insists Assadi’s detention and subsequent trial contravened the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

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