Contact with Iran frozen after woman is hanged
The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran on Saturday to protest the hanging of a Dutch Iranian woman, the Foreign Ministry said.
Iranian Ambassador Gharib Abadi was informed of the sanctions after he confirmed reports that Zahra Bahrami, 45, was executed in Tehran on Saturday.
Iranian state television reported that Bahrami was hanged for possessing and selling drugs. The report said that initially she was arrested for committing “security crimes,” but it did not say what became of that case. She had been jailed in Iran since December 2009 after protests against Iran’s disputed presidential election.
Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Bengt van Loosdrecht said Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal was “shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime.”
He added that the hanging was especially shocking as Abadi had assured the Dutch minister on Friday that Bahrami’s legal avenues had not yet been exhausted.