Bahrami convicted on drugs charges in Netherlands
Zahra Bahrami, the Dutch-Iranian woman who was hanged in Iran on Saturday for drug trafficking and the possession of drugs had also been convicted on drug charges in the Netherlands.
The Dutch current affairs TV programme Nieuws reported on Monday night that documents in its possession show that Bahrami was sentenced to three years for attempting to smuggle 16 kilos of cocaine from the Caribbean to the Netherlands. In 2007, she was convicted for forging a passport.
In the programme, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said that the new information does not cast a different light on the case. He said Zahra Bahrami's trial in Iran was a farce.
The Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands said that Iran was aware of her previous convictions in the Netherlands. He argued that she was arrested for a drug-related offence and for forging passports, not for attending a demonstration in Iran.
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