The Teheran regime has hanged 66 individuals since the end of 2010, according to France 24 International News. Among them was a 46-year-old Iranian-born, Dutch national Sahra Bahrami, who was hung on January 29 on drug-smuggling charges.
Holland’s Foreign Ministry said it was “shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime,” according to Agence France Presse.
Bahrami’s sister dismissed the Iranian charges, which she contended were fabricated.
“She doesn’t even smoke cigarettes, let alone possessing drugs. How could someone who participates in election gatherings and endangers her life, engage in such actions against her country?” she is quoted as telling the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“I am bewildered as to how my client’s death sentence was issued while her security charges had not yet been reviewed,” Bahrami’s attorney said after her death.
The Hague froze relations with Iran in the wake of the killing.
Iranian officials arrested Bahrami during anti-government protests in 2009, and held her on “security charges.” She had been visiting Iran to see her relatives.
Catherine Ashton, The European Union’s representative in talks with Iran over their nuclear program, said that, “Executions are taking place at an alarming rate.” Ashton made her remarks in reference to the hanging of 10 alleged drug traffickers, only two days prior to Bahrami’s killing.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) said on Sunday that they would begin posting news bulletins in Farsi in the wake of Bahrami’s death.
Iran’s Mashrek news agency on Saturday said the launch was part of “an international media campaign against Iran,” a charge that RNW Editor-in-Chief Rik Rensen strongly denied, calling it “baseless.”
Rensen said the network was “independent and works according to internationally accepted standards of journalism.”
The Farsi site, which RNW said also publishes the daily briefs and news reports on Twitter and Facebook, will run for a month-long test, according to Rensen, “at the end of which we’ll decide whether it should be continued.”