Iran has hanged a Dutch-Iranian Woman – arrested for taking part in anti-government protests, on charges of possessing drugs, Iranian officials said.
The woman Zahra Bahrami – 46, was arrested in 2009 for taking part in anti-government protests while visiting her relatives.
The Netherlands government had said that they were extremely anxious about his case. According to media reports, total number of people hanged till date now stands at 66 for the year.
Tehran’s prosecutor’s office said that during search operations in her house, authorities found 450g of cocaine and 420g of opium.
According to AFP report, an official statement was issued saying “A drug trafficker named Zahra Bahrami, daughter of Ali, was hanged early on Saturday morning after she was convicted of selling and possessing drugs”. It further went on to add that Ms Bahrami was part of an international gang smuggling drugs in the country.
However, Ms Bahrami’s daughter strongly refuted the charges claiming that they were fabricated. “She doesn’t even smoke cigarettes, let alone possessing drugs. How could someone who participates in election gatherings and endangers her life, engage in such actions against her country?, She was quoted as saying to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Her lawyer expressed shock at the development. “I am bewildered as to how my client’s death sentence was issued while her security charges had not yet been reviewed”, Jinoos Sharif – the lawyer said.
Tehran refused to grant access to Dutch authorities since it does not recognise her dual nationality. The Dutch foreign Ministry office said it is yet to receive any confirmation about her death.