Iran hangs Bahrami "for selling drugs"

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


Iranian-Dutch woman Zahra Bahrami has been hanged for selling and possessing drugs, Iran's ambassador to the Netherlands has confirmed. Her lawyer says she was executed before the trial's file on her political activities was completed.

Ms Bahrami, a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen, was reportedly arrested in December 2009 after joining a protest against the government while visiting relatives in the Islamic republic. The prosecutor's office confirmed on Saturday that she had been arrested for "security crimes."

Ms Bahrami's lawyer, Jinoos Sharif Razi, says the file on her political activities had not even been completed. He is therefore shocked that the execution has been carried out. According to Amnesty International, Iran had promised to postpone the execution until the file had been completed as part of her trial.

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned the hanging as "an outrage committed by a barbarian regime". The foreign minister has summoned the Iranian ambassador to demand an explanation. The Hague has suspended all official contacts with Iran.

Mr Rosenthal will raise the issue on Monday at the council of EU foreign ministers to see if the bloc is willing to take measures against Iran.

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