Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being Dutch and Iranian

There is grave concern about Dutch-Iranian woman, Zahra Bahrami, who may face the death penalty in Iran. The Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has asked the Dutch embassy in Tehran to try to get access to Ms Bahrami. The daughter of Zahra Bahrami in the Netherlands asks the government for support and says her “mother is panicking because she fears being sentenced to death.” She is due to appear in court on Saturday before judge Abolghassem Salavati, who carries the nickname “judge of death”. Amnesty International has only been aware of the case since a week. The family had kept quiet up to now fearing publicity could harm her case.
Ms Bahrami has been accused of possession of drugs as well as subversive activities. She was arrested in December after the clamp down on anti-government demonstrations. The 45-year-old woman has lived in the Netherlands for a number of years, and was in Iran to visit one of her children. The point is here: she dance for a living. Possession of drugs and subversive activities are just point blank stupid.
In he meantime, the relations between Turkey and Iran become cozier with the day...

Day Opening - August 25

Eiffeltower by night

Building bridges