Family of Belgian NGO employee in Iranian cell fears for his health

Family of Belgian NGO employee in Iranian cell fears for his health
Family of Belgian NGO employee in Iranian cell fears for his health

Olivier Vandecastele has been locked up in an Iranian cell since the end of February 2022.

The family of Belgian NGO employee Olivier Vandecasteele, who has been held in a cell in Iran since February, fears for his health. She let us know after a short conversation with Vandecasteele.

mtmSource: BELGA

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The man was arrested on February 24 by Iranian authorities and has been in jail ever since. According to his family and friends, he is in complete isolation, suffers from serious health problems and has no access to a lawyer of his choice.

At the beginning of this week, a video conference took place between Olivier Vandecasteele and his family. That conversation lasted a few minutes and confirms the family’s fears, she said in a press release. “Olivier is locked in a cell in a basement, with no windows and only an opening in the wall for ventilation,” it sounds.

The family fears for his health. The treatment he receives is insufficient, but his mental health is also “very badly affected”, it sounds.

According to the family, it is also unclear where exactly the NGO employee is.

The family asks the Iranian authorities for the release of Vandecasteele and to grant him dignified and humane detention conditions until that release.

Prisoner Swap

Both Iran and Belgium have approved a prisoner exchange treaty. Our country defends that decision as possibly the only way to obtain the release of Vandecasteele. The treaty is also controversial, because Tehran is said to campaign for the release of Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in our country last year for his involvement in a thwarted bomb attack in Paris. At the end of July, the Brussels Court of Appeal provisionally prohibited the Belgian state from extraditing Assadi to Iran in summary proceedings with a decision.

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