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Mr. Assadi, the Belgian court ruled, was working for Iranian intelligence under his diplomatic cover from Iran’s Embassy in Austria and so had no immunity in Belgium.

Iran has demanded his release, and even Mr. Van Quickenborne said to Parliament that after Mr. Assadi’s arrest, Belgium and its 200 citizens in Iran had become targets. “From Day 1, we have felt pressure from Iran, and the security situation of our interests has deteriorated systematically,” he said. But he denied any direct link between the treaty and the Assadi case.

In a statement on Thursday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which had lobbied hard against the treaty, condemned its ratification as “shameful.” Belgium’s vote, it said, would provide “the highest incentive for the religious fascism ruling Iran to step up terrorism and to use hostage-taking as much as possible for the release of its arrested terrorists and agents.”

The council is the political wing of the Mujahedeen Khalq, which seeks to overthrow the Islamic government of Iran.

The treaty would permit Iranians convicted in Belgium to serve their sentences in Iran, and Belgians convicted in Iran to serve their sentences in Belgium. But the treaty also allows each party to grant amnesty, and critics say that there is little doubt that Mr. Assadi would be set free.

Belgium Ratifies Prisoner-Exchange Treaty With Iran

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