Iran sentences Belgian aid worker to 40 years in prison

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Iran sentences Belgian aid worker to 40 years in prison.
Iran sentences Belgian aid worker to 40 years in prison. Photo by Facebook

Olivier Vandecasteele was found guilty of spying on Iran, working with the US government, smuggling foreign currency, and money laundering 

A court in Iran has sentenced a 41-year-old Belgian aid worker to 40 years in prison as well as 74 lashes.  

According to the BBC on Tuesday, January 9, Olivier Vandecasteele has been convicted of several crimes included money laundering, espionage against Iran, collaborating with the US government and smuggling foreign currency.  

Vandecasteele claims that all the allegations against are false, while the Belgian government said they were fabricated.  

The convicted aid worker was reportedly a part of the Norwegian Refugee Council as well as other aid agencies in Iran for six years.  

He had returned to Belgium last year but went back to Iran despite of the Belgian government suggestion against his decision.  

 Vandecasteele was then arrested by Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) operatives and was imprisoned in Evin Prison. This prison is reported to have several inmates from Europe and the US, who have been detained on charges of spying.  

Meanwhile, his family have made claims that he has been subjected to torture and inhumane conditions in detention.  

The report also said that Vandecasteele has been on a hunger strike since mid November against his treatment in the prison.


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