A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said that Iranian diplomat Asadollah Asadi, who was arrested in Europe on terrorism charges, has been released “after suffering in captivity for five years”.
Asadi was arrested in Germany on June 30, 2018. Iran says his arrest was part of an Israeli plot “with some European security services acting as agents”.
Kanani described Asadi’s arrest as a “Zionist-American scenario of the Big Lie” aimed at creating a crisis in relations between Iran and Europe, adding that “the plot was hatched shortly after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.” The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
In this regard, some European governments were influenced by the Zionist regime and the hypocritical MKO terrorist group, and after the “arbitrary arrest” of an Iranian diplomat, in violation of international rules, they sentenced him to 20 years in prison, theatrically, in full. political and doctored litigation, he said.
Ultimately, after a series of joint security meetings and consultations between the foreign ministers of Iran and Belgium, the release of this hostage diplomat was secured through a bilateral agreement with the Belgian government, Kanaani added.
Earlier, Omani sources said that Asadi’s release was made possible as a result of a prisoner exchange between Iran and Belgium brokered by Oman.