Beauty queen charged with assault in Iran seeks asylum in PH

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Bahare Zare Bahari was Miss Intercontinental Iran in 2018. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — The Iranian beauty queen who was held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to assault and battery charges in her home country, has sought for asylum in the Philippines, the Justice Department said on Sunday.

Justice Undersecretary and Spokesperson Markk Perete said Bahare Zare Bahari is still in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and will not be able to return to Iran. The BI initially barred Bahare from entering the Philippines due to an Interpol red notice issued against her related to her case.

“While the exclusionary proceedings against her has been terminated, Bahare remains in BI custody and could not be sent back to Iran as she has filed an application for asylum,” Perete said.

Exclusion means the state’s refusal of entry in the country.

Bahare was charged by a fellow Iranian for battery and assault, which allegedly happened in the Philippines. She arrived in the country from Dubai on Thursday when Immigration officials intercepted her.

Perete said the Justice Department will work on Bahare’s asylum plea and resolve it “in due time.”

Bahare was Miss Intercontinental Iran in 2018. The Miss Intercontinental pageant that year took place in the Philippines.