Three more Europeans are being released by Iran, in return for Iranian diplomat, Asadollah Assadi, as part of a prisoner swap in which Iran released Belgian aid worker, Oliver Vandecasteele, last week, a spokesperson for the Belgian government said, Reuters reports.
A Danish national and two people with dual Austrian-Iranian nationality are involved, the spokesperson said.
Assadi was convicted in Belgium in 2021 in connection to a foiled bomb plot in France and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In a statement, the Belgian government said that the Danish person was arrested in Iran in November 2022 in connection with women’s rights demonstrations.
The two dual nationals were “wrongfully arrested in … January 2016 and January 2019”, the government said.
Belgian’s Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, thanked Oman for mediating the swap.
After a stop in Oman and medical tests, the three will be flown to Belgium’s military airport in Melsbroek.