The Netherlands froze all ties with Iran Sunday after Tehran hanged a Dutch-Iranian woman a day earlier, calling the execution a “shocking act by a barbaric regime.”
And Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal will “discuss possible measures” against Iran by the European Union on Monday, the foreign ministry said.
Iran hanged Zahra Bahrami Saturday, saying she was a drug smuggler, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, although the Dutch government expressed “great concern” about her case three weeks ago.
Fars said Bahrami smuggled cocaine into Iran with the help of a Dutch partner.
But the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran suggested the drug charges were only a pretext to execute her.
The campaign said Bahrami was originally charged with security offenses in the wake of widespread protests against the government over a controversial presidential election in June 2009.
Iranian courts on Sunday sentenced two people to death for running porn sites, prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said, quoted on the Islamic republic’s official IRNA news agency.
“Two administrators of porn sites have been sentenced to death in two different (court) branches and (the verdicts) have been sent to the supreme court for confirmation,” Dolatabadi said, without naming the two convicts.
Last December, Canada expressed concern over the reported death sentence handed down to an Iranian-born Canadian resident for allegedly designing an adult website.
The barbarism never ceases with the present regime, does it?