Oman’s foreign ministry announced the release of the prisoners, but did not reveal the identity of the prisoners. Later on Friday, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Crew said in a statement that aid worker Olivier Vandecastille had been freed.
An aid worker from the European country was released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat in a prisoner exchange between Belgium and Iran in Oman on Friday. An Iranian diplomat was convicted of an attempted bombing during a meeting of exiles in France. Oman’s foreign ministry announced the release of the prisoners, but did not reveal the identity of the prisoners. Later on Friday, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Crew said in a statement that aid worker Olivier Vandecastille had been freed.
Iran’s state TV channel confirmed that diplomat Assadullah Asadi had also been released. Oman’s Foreign Ministry said, “Those who have been released were brought to Muscat today from Tehran and Brussels, so that they can return to their country.” And his interest in resolving this humanitarian issue has been appreciated by the Sultanate of Oman. took him under his protection and the doctors assessed his condition.
He tweeted, “Oliver spent 455 days in a Tehran prison in unbearable conditions. The return of Olivier Vandecastille to Belgium is a matter of relief. There is news of relief for his family, friends and colleagues. Oman acted as a mediator in Belgium’s talks with Iran. Vendecastille was found guilty of espionage in January after a closed trial in Iran and sentenced to life in prison and 74 lashes. He was also fined $1 million. It is noteworthy that in 2021, Belgium sentenced Iranian diplomat Assadullah Asadi to 20 years in prison for playing a key role in plotting a bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France.
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