Iran warns Malaysia against hanging Iranian women
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Wednesday that execution of two Iranian women in Malaysia would leave negative impacts on bilateral relations, IRNA news agency reported.
Qashqavi said that the main reason Iranians were pronounced guilty in Southeast Asia was possessing drugs.
He commented on current condition of Iranians jailed in the Asian and Malaysian jails and said unfortunately, major portion of the executions and imprisonment of Iranians in Southeast Asia are for possessing drugs and such an issue would not end up by execution of two Iranian girls.
He underlined that absolutely, the ruling for execution cannot be justifiable, adversely affecting Iranian relations with them.
"Execution of foreign nationals has always been a bad signal for bilateral relations and no government can claim overlooking mutual relations in doing such things."
He deplored execution of two Iranian nationals in Malaysia and said, "Our advice to Malaysian government is that they must prevent such measures if they heed friendship and fraternity between Iran and Malaysia."
He said following up case of Iranian prisoners in Malaysia is a routine job of the Foreign Ministry staff and officials.
He said that extradition of prisoners should fall within framework of mutual agreement and unfortunately no agreement to this effect has yet been signed between the two countries.
Qashqavi said that Iran has always been ready to ink agreement on extradition of prisoners, however, Malaysia has not usually felt any obligation in that regard.