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Iran summons Dutch envoy due to interventionist remarks

Iran Materials 31 January 2011 11:33
Iran summoned Dutch ambassador Cees J. Kole following interventionist remarks of foreign minister of the European country on Iran.
Iran summons Dutch envoy due to interventionist remarks

Iran summoned Dutch ambassador Cees J. Kole following interventionist remarks of foreign minister of the European country on Iran, ISNA reported.

The remarks of the Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal came following execution of an Iranian-Dutch woman Zahra Bahrami who was charged with drug trafficking.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry official reminded rules and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran on drug smuggling and distribution to Dutch ambassador.

On Saturday, the Netherlands formally froze all contact with Iran following the execution of Zahra Bahrami.

Dutch Foreign Minister claimed, "the Netherlands is very shocked by this execution, this scandalous deed."

Iranian Foreign Ministry official also warned against meddling in Iranian domestic affairs and said, "all Iranian citizens are dealt with the same when it comes to law. The country does not allow drug traffickers to go beyond the law under the umbrella of foreign countries."

Also Iranian ambassador in the Netherlands Kazem Qarib-Abadi had said, "the issue of Bahrami is an internal case as calling for Dutch officials not to link it to bilateral relations.

He added, "the Netherlands should know that Iran's judiciary acts fully independently."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize double-nationality, so Mrs. Bahrami is regarded an Iranian citizen," the envoy said.

"Mrs. Bahrami was found with Iranian, Dutch and Spanish passports at the time of her arrest and later it was found that her Spanish passport is a fake one. Her two Iranian and Dutch passports were carrying different characteristics."

The ambassador also added that the Iranian woman, a member of an international drug trafficking organization, had carried some 400g of cocaine and 400g of opium.

The Iranian woman had already been arrested in Iran due to security charges.

Bahrami was sentenced to death following trafficking cocaine and paying $1,400 and 70 lashes for carrying opium.

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