Con­tact with Iran frozen af­ter woman is hanged

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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