Netherlands to recall ambassador from Iran

Iran hanged a 45-year-old Dutch-Iranian woman last month for drug smuggling.

Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 16:08 PM IST

Amsterdam: The Netherlands is recalling its ambassador to Iran for consultations over the execution of a Dutch-Iranian woman, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

A ministry spokesman said the ambassador would make a formal protest to the Iranian Foreign Ministry before he returned to The Hague on Thursday.

Iran`s ambassador to the Netherlands would be summoned shortly to the Dutch Foreign Ministry, he said.

The Netherlands froze diplomatic contacts with Iran after Zahra Bahrami, a 45-year-old woman with dual Dutch-Iranian citizenship, was hanged last month for drug smuggling, a charge that her family says was fabricated after she was arrested for participating in anti-government protests in 2009.

According to postings on Iranian blogs and news websites, Bahrami died when she was tortured during interrogation by the Iranian authorities.

Bureau Report