TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign ministry warned Malaysia on Wednesday against executing two Iranian women convicted of trafficking methamphetamine into the Southeast Asian country.
“The execution of two Iranian women in Malaysia will have negative effect on our bilateral ties,” Hassan Ghashghavi, deputy foreign minister in charge of consular affairs, was quoted as saying by official news agency IRNA.
Ghashghavi said Malaysia should spare the women “so that the friendship and brotherhood between Iran and Malaysia can continue.”
His remarks came amid reports of two Iranian women, identified as Shahrzad Mansour, 31, and Neda Mostafaei, 26, being sentenced to death for trafficking methamphetamine into Malaysia in December 2010.
“Drug traffickers” had promised the women a free trip to Malaysia, a hotspot of Iranian tourists due to its easy visa rules towards the Islamic republic, according to Iran’s anti-drug police chief colonel Ali Moayedi.
In exchange, Moayedi said, the pair were asked to take bags of “food items” with them, which were filled with methamphetamine without their knowledge.
They were arrested at customs at Kuala Lumpur airport, Iranian media reported.