Clemency plea for Dutch-Iranian woman
Zahra Bahrami, the Dutch-Iranian woman sentenced to death by a Tehran court has filed a plea for clemency. Her lawyer broke the news in the Protestant Dutch daily this morning.
Ms Bahrami was handed down the death sentence over a week ago for alleged drugs smuggling. Her lawyer says a clemency plea is her client’s last chance. “Drugs smuggling is such a serious crime in Iran that you actually can’t appeal against this kind of sentence,” she explains. The clemency plea is based on a call for “Islamic principles such as compassion and mercy”. The lawyer is not very optimistic about the chances of success. “It’ll be difficult, very difficult,” she believes.
Ms Bahrami was born in Iran but moved to the Netherlands where she was granted citizenship. The 45-year-old woman is awaiting a second trial in Iran on charges of membership of an armed opposition group and faces a possible second death sentence if found guilty. Her daughter says the second trial is likely to take place within two months.
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