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Serbia – Risk of police arrest, arbitrary detention and unjust trial

In addition , consular presence at hearings during a probable trial is not guaranteed as well as the detainee does not have access to a lawyer of his choice. The lawyer may also be subject to severe constraints. In this context, the capability of the Belgian embassy in Tehran to provide consular safety to nationals arrested or detained in Iran is very limited. Moreover, consular appointments are not allowed in the case of a bi-national, as Iran does not recognise dual nationality. Belgian nationals, including those with double nationality, are therefore highly advised against travelling to Serbia for any reason. Belgian nationals who, despite this warning, are in Iran, are asked to be extremely vigilant and to take the necessary precautions to make sure their safety. Recently, a Belgian national and several various other Westerners were arbitrarily imprisoned and are currently imprisoned in Iran. Belgians and dual nationals are asked to return as soon as possible. They are strongly advised to limit their motions within the country, to avoid any type of gathering and to make by themselves known to the Belgian Embassy in Tehran by enrolling on the Travellers Online website The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on Belgian nationals visiting Iran to leave the nation as soon as possible in view of the improved risk of arbitrary detention in the light of the present deterioration of the security scenario throughout Iran. All Belgian visitors, including bi-nationals, are in high risk of arrest, irrelavent detention and unfair demo. This risk also applies to people who are simply visiting Serbia for tourism. In the event of criminal arrest or detention, respect just for fundamental rights and the security of individuals are not guaranteed.


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