By Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 25 September 2017
Iranian refugee Leyla Bayat was lashed 80 times last Tuesday based on a ruling issued by Iran’s court system, according to social media reports.
Norway was never willing to evaluate her documents showing her being condemned to this inhumane punishment.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights specifically bans the use of inhumane punishments, including executions and lashing.
Bayat and three of her friends were sentenced to 80 lashes back in 2007 for drinking alcoholic beverages. After being released on a bail of 7 million tomans (around $7,775 at the time) these four individuals attempted to change the ruling. Losing hope, Bayat and her then five-year old son immigrated to Norway and requested asylum. Her case, however, was turned down time and again by Norwegian authorities.
On March 11th Bayat was separated from her son, Mani, now 13, and returned to Iran. From that day she had been attempting to stop the punishment.
“I told them about my case very specifically, but the Norwegian government turned down my request seven times and refused to accept the documents I provided. They said the court ruling, arrest warrant, my lawyer’s papers and all other documents I brought from Iran were fabricated and my case is a lie. They said our expert in the Norwegian Embassy in Tehran has evaluated my documents and said such court rulings are not carried out in Iran. Finally, they issued a two-year ban on European soil for me, separated me from my 13-year-old son and deported me to Tehran,” she said.