NewsCode : 185940 | Date: 12/29/2013 | Time: 8:09 PM | Service: Politics - Politics

Minister: Tehran Pursing Case of Iranians Facing Execution in Malaysia

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli underlined that his ministry is seriously pursuing the case of the Iranian nationals sentenced to execution in Malaysia.

Two Iranian women were sentenced to death over an alleged attempt to transfer methamphetamine into Malaysia in December 2010.

“The interior ministry, in cooperation with the foreign ministry, is following up the case of the Iranians who have been sentenced to death in Malaysia,” the Iranian interior minister said.

“We have had several meetings with the foreign ministry (officials), and they have serious plans for pursuing the case with this issue,” he said.

In October, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi called on the Malaysian government to refrain from executing two Iranian women who have been accused of drug trafficking in the Southeast Asian country.

“The execution of the two Iranian women in Malaysia will have a negative impact on bilateral relations,” Qashqavi warned.

Qashqavi reiterated that Malaysia should avoid carrying out the executions so that the cordial relationship between the two countries would continue.

In the meantime, Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi pointed to the case of the two Iranian women in Malaysia, and said, “Smugglers deceive people by offering them free trips to Southeast Asian countries in exchange for carrying suspicious packages and delivering them to certain individuals in that country. People unaware of the contents of the packages fulfill the request for free trips and (then) they are nabbed by police.”