Wednesday 10 August 2022

The Netherlands recalls ambassador from ‘disrespectful’ Iran

The Netherlands is recalling its ambassador from Iran in protest at the execution and subsequent burial of a Dutch Iranian woman on what her family says were trumped up drugs charges.

Before leaving Teheran, the ambassador will first make a formal protest to the Iranian authorities at the ‘lack of respect’ towards Zahra Bahrami’s family, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said during a visit to Jordan.
Reports say Bahrami, who was executed last week, has been buried in secrecy some 400 km from the capital, making it impossible for family to attend the funeral.

Political trial

The Iranian human rights organisation Hradi told the Volkskrant this is a further sign that Bahrama’s trial and execution were part of a political process.
Last week, Rosenthal froze all contact between the two countries but left the ambassador in Iran to support Bharami’s family and other Dutch Iranian nationals.
Iran’s ambassador to The Hague has also been summoned to the foreign ministry, the Volkskrant said.

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