|TEHRAN, Jan. 30, 2011 – Tehran Prosecutor Office has issued a statement elaborating on the case of Zahra Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian woman who was hanged in Tehran on Saturday.|
Bahrami was born in Iran, but gained Dutch citizenship after moving to the Netherlands. She had been sentenced to death for dealing drugs.
According to the statement, Bahrami had smuggled cocaine into Iran with the help of a Dutch partner.
She brought cocaine into the country twice and sold it, the statement added.
During a search of her house, 450 grams of cocaine and 420 grams of opium were discovered and, following further investigations, it was found that she had also distributed 150 grams of cocaine, the statement said.
Iran says Bahrami case was an internal affair
The case of Bahrami was an internal issue, Tehran’s ambassador to Amsterdam, Kazem Qarib Abadi, said on Sunday.
Qarib Abadi’s remarks came in response to the Dutch government’s decision on Saturday to limit interactions with Iran.
Qarib Abadi said in his meeting with Dutch officials he had advised them not to be influenced by the case and that such an internal issue should not affect ties between the two countries.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he noted Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and thus Bahrami was an Iranian citizen.
He said when Bahrami was arrested she was carrying passports with Iranian, Dutch and Spanish nationalities but later it was found that her Spanish passport was a forged one.
Her Iranian passport’s particulars were also different from those in her Dutch passport, he added.
Qarib Abadi described the hearings of Bahrami as fair, adding she herself chose her attorney and she was also allowed to visit her family members.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the Dutch ambassador to Tehran to protest at interfering remarks by the Dutch foreign minister.