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Foreign Secretary "appalled" by execution of Zahra Bahrami in Iran

Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the UK will raise concerns over her case with the Iranian Government in the strongest terms.

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” I was appalled to learn that Zahra Bahrami, a dual Dutch-Iranian citizen, was executed by Iran over the weekend. Our thoughts are with her family.

I was particularly alarmed that no consular access was given to Ms Bahrami, that her family learnt of the execution through the media and that the execution appears to have taken place before the charges against her were examined fully by a court. We have called on Iran many times to ensure due process in line with its domestic and international obligations.

The Dutch Foreign Minister called it an act of ‘barbarism’. Bahrami’s execution comes against a backdrop of an increasing number of executions in Iran, a trend that I and the European Union have recently condemned. We will raise our concerns over her case with the Iranian Government in the strongest terms. This tragic development serves as a reminder of the risks that can face dual nationals travelling to Iran”.

Published 1 February 2011