Tehran, Iran – A courtroom in Iran has sentenced a Belgian nationwide to a complete of 40 years in jail, dozens of lashes, and monetary penalties for spying and different expenses.
Former help employee Olivier Vandecasteele acquired the preliminary sentences, which might later be appealed, on 4 expenses, in accordance with the official information outlet of the Iranian judiciary.
For every of the principle two expenses, specifically spying for international intelligence providers and “cooperating with the hostile United States government against the Islamic Republic”, he acquired 12.5 years in jail.
For “professional smuggling of foreign currency” within the quantity of $500,000, Vandecasteele was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail, 74 lashes, and a $1m high-quality.
Lastly, he was discovered responsible of laundering the cash he’s accused of smuggling, for which the Tehran Revolutionary Court selected a 12.5-12 months jail sentence.
Vandecasteele, 41, has been imprisoned in Iran since February. His household stated final month that he acquired a jail sentence of 28 years.
Last week, the semiofficial Tasnim information web site quoted an unnamed supply claiming he entered Iran “under the cover of humanitarian efforts with the aim of spying for the hostile US government and distributing money to groups active in anti-security fields”.
Vandecasteele denied all the costs. Belgian authorities have beforehand condemned Vandecasteele’s imprisonment, calling it “illegal”.
Tehran has been accused of imprisoning foreigners and twin nationals to make use of them as political bargaining chips, a cost it denies.
Relations between Iran and Belgium have more and more soured following the arrest of an Iranian diplomat, Asadollah Assadi, in 2018. He was accused of main a bombing plot in France.
Iran and the West have additionally intensified their rhetoric in opposition to one another since protests erupted throughout Iran in mid-September following the demise of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the nation’s morality police for alleged non-compliance with a compulsory gown code for ladies and subsequently died in police custody.
Tehran and the European Union have additionally imposed sanctions in opposition to one another.
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