Iranian envoy summoned over hanged Dutch woman's burial
The Netherlands said on Monday it had summoned Iran's ambassador in The Hague to explain the secretive burial of a Dutch citizen after she was executed by the regime in Tehran.
A foreign ministry spokesman said the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was also being brought back to The Hague for consultations after Zahra Bahrami was buried in the absence of her family who had wished to be present.
"We were taken aback by the manner in which Mrs Bahrami's remains were treated, and we want to protest the lack of respect shown to her family," the spokesman Bengt van Loosdrecht told AFP.
The Iranian ambassador, Kazem Gharib Abadi, was summoned to the Dutch foreign ministry in the Hague on Monday morning, said the spokesman.
"We have also decided to consult our ambassador about this matter," Van Loosdrecht added.
The envoy would seek a meeting with Iran's foreign minister and report back in the Netherlands on Thursday.
Bahrami, a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen, was hanged on January 29 after being convicted of a drugs offence.
She was initially arrested in the aftermath of the widespread protests in 2009 that followed disputed elections in Iran.
Her execution last month prompted the Dutch government to freeze all contact with what it labelled a "barbarous regime".
According to a report on Dutch public radio, which cited an Iranian human rights body, Bahrami was executed on Sunday some 400 kilometres (250 miles) outside Tehran.
© 2011 AFP