European Parliament President condemns execution in Iran

The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek on Sunday denounced the hanging of an Iranian-Dutch woman arrested after anti-regime uprisings in 2009 in a strongly-worded statement, according to AFP news agency.

“The hanging of Sarah Bahrami, who was a Dutch and hence a European citizen, is a cowardly act of arbitrary justice,” he said in a statement.

“The European Union condemns the death penalty in principle as a violation of human dignity, but the case of Sarah Bahrami is particularly gruesome.

“She was arrested during the protests against the perverted presidential elections in December 2009,” he continued.

Buzek said, “The fact that Dutch representatives had no access to her and were not allowed to provide basic consular services during her trial is a slap in the face of diplomatic standards and recognised judicial procedures.

“This trial was everything but fair and balanced,” he added.

Buzek warned, “The Iranian regime should be aware that we will not acquiesce in its severe violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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