The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Petersen condemns the planned
execution of 19-year-old Leyla M in Iran.
Foto: Tor Richardsen / SCANPIX
The Iranian ambassador was called in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Monday to explain the situation. 19-year-old Leyla M., who is mentally
underdeveloped, has been sentenced to hanging for adultery.
Petersen said that he is appalled by the sentence.
«I think it’s a terrible and unbelievable sentence, and this is why we
protest it,» Petersen said to TV 2 Nyhetene. «We have joined both the EU
protest against Iran and we called the Iranian ambassador in Norway so that
the Norwegian authorities could present its protest directly.»
According to Petersen, the Iranian ambassador was informed that the sentence
is unacceptable, and Norway urges Iranian authorities to overturn the
The Foreign Affairs minister also urges Norwegian companies that operate in
Iran to hand over a formal protest to the authorities. However, both Statoil
and Hydro, who are heavily involved in Iran, have informed TV 2 Nettavisen
that they currently have no plans of protesting.
Petersen will so far not join an economic boycott of the country.
«Economic interests may also lead to a positive development of the country
and I do not think a boycott in this case will lead us closer to the goal of
getting an end to the death sentences,» Petersen said.
In a press release, the Iranian embassy stressed that the country’s Supreme
Court will decide Layla’s fate.