Dr Yazdani returns to Iran, Islam
SANAZ Yazdani, the Iranian doctor who fled the Fraser Coast on Tuesday night to return to Tehran, phoned the Chronicle once she had passed through Customs and Immigration to say she was on her way – but to an uncertain future.
Dr Yazdani, 34, turned her back on Christianity and hopefully will have safe passage into Iran.
“I am excited now,” she said on the phone. “It is right that I return to Iran because I have been really ill and I understand that now.
“I need the support of my family.”
She was committed to Mackay Hospital’s mental health unit late last year after breaking down in the street.
The RACQ repairer who she called to help her start her second-hand car was concerned and called the police.
Dr Yazdani was due to appear in a Mackay court next month on a public nuisance charge.
Converting to Christianity from Muslim faith is a capital crime in Iran.
Dr Yazdani had planned to continue to live and work in Australia, hopefully, she said, on the Fraser Coast, which she had come to love.
On Tuesday she left behind her Bible and other Christian books, two statuettes of angels and her crucifix.