An Iranian beauty queen begs for asylum in the Philippines says she will be killed if she is sent home from the airport where she lived for two weeks.
Bahareh Zare Bahari, a dental student who represented Iran at the Miss Intercontinental Procession 2018 in Manila, spent fourteen days at Ninoy Aquino Airport after Iran demanded its extradition for attack and issued an Interpol Red notice.
The 31-year-old says the charge & # 39; a big lie & # 39; is convinced that she has been the target of her political views on the Islamic Republic and the support of women's rights.
She told CNN that she was locked up in a passenger room in Terminal 3 at Manila Airport and she & # 39; mentally ill & # 39; feels.
Bahareh Zare Bahari, a dentist student who represented Iran at the Miss Intercontinental Procession 2018 in Manila, was detained at Ninoy Aquino Airport for six days after Iran issued an Interpol Red notice
& # 39; I have been living here since 2014 and have not returned to Iran. I have often explained to them, how can I have a criminal case in Iran if I live here? & # 39 ;, She told the publication by telephone.
The beauty queen also said she thought she was the target because she showed support for the exiled Reza Pahlavi, the son of the Shah of Iran who was overthrown in the 1979 revolution in the country.
She used an image of him and the flag of the former Iranian monarchy as props during a beauty contest & # 39; to try to be the voice of my people & # 39 ;.
She claims that if she is sent back to her home country: & # 39; They will kill me & # 39 ;, she said The Telegraph, & # 39; There is no update, no information about why (they) keep me here so long. & # 39;
She denies committing crimes in the Philippines or Iran, where she has been studying dentistry since 2014 (depicted as a representative of Iran at a beauty contest)
The Philippine authorities said they were & # 39; reluctant & # 39; was from entering their territory because of the Red Notice.
The indictment of Mrs. Bahari is one of abuse and battery and relates to an alleged incident with an Iranian citizen in the Philippines.
However, Markk Perete of the Philippine Ministry of Justice said to The Telegraph: & # 39; We have no reason to refuse her access for violating our laws. & # 39;
The 31-year-old beauty queen says the allegation against her is a & # 39; big lie & # 39; is
Mrs. Bahari said she was returning from Dubai when the immigration authorities took her to a room at the airport in Manila.
Officials explained that there was a problem with her visa before they told her to take a flight back to Iran.
She claims to have called a friend for help, and then she sat down and told officials she wasn't moving,
The friend who was called to help allegedly started crying and screaming and was arrested, with the Office of Immigration describing him as & # 39; unmanageable & # 39; and security at the airport violated & # 39; fetched his countryman & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Foreigners must respect our laws when they are in our country. Inappropriate behavior and deviating comments gave the officer even more reason to deny Zare Bahari access, & said immigration commissioner Jaime Morente in a CNN statement.
Authorities both accused & # 39; causing a scene & # 39; and claimed that ma'am Bahari shouted: & # 39; Jesus kills you all Filipino & # 39; s! & # 39;
In January she appeared on a procession in Manila with a photo of Reza Pahlavi, the last heir to see the imperial state of Iran, while draped in the pre-revolutionary flag
Her asylum offer is now being reviewed and she is getting legal advice.
In January she appeared on a procession with a photo of Reza Pahlavi, the last heir to see the imperial state of Iran, while he was draped in the pre-revolutionary flag.
Mr Pahlavi, who lives in exile, is seen as a champion of democracy and someone who could one day help bring a post-official state.
She is limited to Terminal 3 because she fears for her life or at least 25 years in an Iranian prison.
Ms. Bahari claims that she moved to the Philippines five years ago to study on a student visa that is renewed annually and is valid until 2020.
She denies committing crimes in the Philippines or Iran, where she has been studying dentistry since 2014.
On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch asked the Philippines to adequately support Ms. Bahari while seeking asylum and reiterated that an Interpol Red notification is invalid if the accused is a refugee.
Mr Perete said Arabic news reports that she would be deported immediately and that she could & # 39; could not be returned to Iran because she had filed an asylum application & # 39 ;.
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