Asylum seeker deported by Norwegian government to Iran was flogged

Asylum seeker deported by Norwegian government to Iran was flogged

Published by on September 25, 2017

A woman asylum seeker who was deported back to Iran from Norway was lashed 80 times in Tehran.

According to reports, on 19 September Leila Bayat received 80 lashes at Branch 3 of Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran.

Leila Bayat and her friends had received the lashing sentence for drinking liquor at a party back in 2007. She and her friends were released on bail and when she realised that she could not change the sentence she escaped to Norway with her then 5 year old son in 2009 and applied for refugee status there. But her asylum application was repeatedly rejected by the Norwegian authorities who did not believe her story and the documentations that she had provided.

Finally on 8 March 2017 Leila was separated from her son, who is now 13, and returned to Iran. A friend of Leila who lives in Norway told the Norwegian TV that the woman had to undergo medical treatment and was not able to sit or walk.

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