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“It’s been more than 203 days since I last saw my best friend,” said Olivier Van Steirtegem, as he runs his fingers swiftly across his piano in his home in Brussels, playing a mesmerizing jazz tune. It’s a tribute to his friend, Olivier Vandecasteele, who was arrested on February 24 by Iranian authorities on charges of spying.

“This song I’m playing is John Boy by Brad Mehldau. It was the last one Olivier and I listened to together, before he was arrested by Iran,” Steirtegem, 42, who is the owner of a furniture store, told DW. He is now in complete isolation in a cell and in a poor psychological state. He isn’t eating well, has an infection and has lost a lot of weight,” 

Vandecasteele, a 41-year-old humanitarian aid worker had been living and working in Iran since 2015. He…



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