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Raeisi meets newly-released diplomat, raps so-called rights advocates

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (L) meets with Assadollah Assadi, the newly-released diplomat, on August 18, 2023. (Photo by

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has met with Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat who was released in May after a long detention in Belgium and Germany on false terror-related charges.

Raeisi paid a visit to Assadi’s home and was warmly welcomed by the newly-released diplomat and his family members on Friday, concurrent with the 33rd return anniversary of Iranian soldiers who were held captive by the regime of Western-backed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980s war on Iran.

Raeisi expressed his felicitations on the freedom of the Iranian diplomat and extolled his family’s success and patience during Assadi’s illegal detention.

“The so-called advocates of human rights have once again shown that they abide by no rules and transgress international laws, regulations and principles with a blatant and unprecedented violation of diplomatic immunity,” the Iranian president said.

Assadi, for his part, discussed his captivity and imprisonment in German and Belgian jails with the chief executive.

Assadi arrived in Iran on May 26 after a five-year detention and an Omani-mediated deal.

In June 2018, Belgian authorities said the country’s police had intercepted a car transporting homemade explosives, claiming the Iranian diplomat handed the material to two people in Belgium.

The diplomat was accused of plotting an attack against the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MKO) terrorist outfit, a claim categorically dismissed by Iranian authorities.

A Belgian court then sentenced the diplomat, who serves as the third counselor at Iran’s Embassy in Vienna, to 20 years in prison.

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