Darya Safai and her family

However, Bashirtash was arrested in Turkey by the Turkish authorities, who had plans to exchange him for a Turkish political prisoner. Because Bashirtash had also studied dentistry in Belgium at the ULB, the Belgian government decided to give Bashirtash transit papers, that way Safai and her husband were able to flee to Belgium. After her flight, Safai was sentenced in absentia by an Iranian court to two years in prison.