Iran diplomat jailed in Belgium to be freed in prisoner swap

This file photo was taken on Feb 4, 2021. Police patrol during the trial of four persons, including an Iranian diplomat and Belgian-Iranian couple at the courthouse in Antwerp, Belgium. An Iranian official was convicted of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France in 2018 and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court. (PHOTO / AP)

DUBAI – An Iranian diplomat sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium will soon be released in a prisoner swap deal, Iran's judiciary spokesperson Masoud Setayeshi said on Wednesday.

Assadollah Assadi was sentenced in 2021 over a foiled 2018 bomb plot targeting an Iranian opposition group in Paris.