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Bardia Taherpur in Danger of Deportation from Holland to Iran

Source: Persian Dutch Network

Mojtaba (Bardia) Taherpur

PDN - The Persian dissident Mojtaba (Bardia) Taherpur is in danger of deportation from Holland to Iran. He told "Persian Dutch Network” today, September 4th, that the Dutch Immigration Office has rejected his asylum request.

Taherpur, who was quite shocked, added: “IND has given me and my wife 28 days to leave the Netherlands.”

Taherpur problems began in 2005 when he was a student in Tehran. Iranian authorities prevented him from finishing his studies because of anti-government activities. Taherpur moved to Dubai to continue his studies and activities but during a short visit to his family in Tehran was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment and 80 lashes. Taherpur fled to The Netherlands through Turkey in November 2010.

Frank Wassenar, spokesman of Dutch Immigration Office (IND), did not give any details about the rejection of Taherpur’s case. “Based on the law we are not allowed to discuss personal cases,” he told “Persian Dutch Netwok” today.

Since his entrance to Holland, Taherpur has actively studied the Dutch language and is now a student of Hoogschool van Amsterdam. He has participated in various meetings of Persian opposition groups and also spoken at a demonstration in front of the Iranian Embassy in The Hague.

In 2011 Bardia Taherpur converted from Islam to the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. Because of an interpretation of Islamic law forbidding conversion and even punishing it with death, Tahrepur and his wife face potential harassment and even execution or sanctioned murder. His popular blog contains critical postings about Islam and the Islamic Republic in Iran.

Taherpur and his wife now live in an asylum camp in Almere.



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