Belgian citizen sentenced to prison and lashes in Iran on charges of espionage
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Belgian citizen Olivier van Castel has been sentenced by a trial court in Iran to jail time and lashes on charges of espionage. This was reported by the Associated Press with reference to Tasnim.
The man was found guilty on four counts, including spying against Iran for the United States, smuggling and money laundering, and sentenced to 12.5 years in prison and 74 lashes.
It is noted that the sentence can be appealed within 20 days in court of appeal.
The day before, the Foreign Minister  ;Austrian Alexander Schallenberg summoned the Iranian ambassador after the executions on 7 January. In his message, the politician condemned the execution of Mohammad Mehdi Karemi and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, who were arrested during the protests in Iran. city of Karaj sentenced five protesters to death. Another 11 people, including three minors, received long prison terms (up to 25 years).
Prepared by: Sergey Daga