Iran Hangs Woman for Murdering Man Who Tried to Rape Her

Reyhaneh Jabbari an Iranian woman was executed for killing the man she said attempted to rape her. Iranian officials carried out the hanging despite an outcry from the international community calling for a stay.

Jabbari’s mother confirmed her hanging and said her daughter, who was 26, was hanged inside a prison in Tehran.

Amnesty International called the woman’s death a travesty.

The human rights watch group said Jabbari’s mother was called on Friday by prison authorities who told her to arrive at the prison to visit with her daughter one last time prior to her hanging at dawn on Saturday.

The two spent an hour together before guards made the mother leave.

Jabbari was arrested back in 2007 for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. The man had been a former Ministry of Intelligence employee, who claimed Jabbari had tried to abuse her sexually.

A court in Tehran had sentenced her to death in 2009. Here conviction and verdict of hanging was upheld by the Supreme Court of Iran. Her case drew outcry internationally and sparked a petition that urged her to be released which collected more than 240,000 signatures.

The court ruled that Jabbari had stabbed the victim in 2007 in the back after she had purchased a knife only a few days earlier.

The court announced that the executed had been carried out after the family of Sarbandi refused to give Jabbari a pardon or accept any blood money. The media attention and campaign worldwide helped to grant a stay of execution September 30, although the reason there was a postponement was never given.

Many people said the murder of Sarbandi was not properly investigated and that another man had stabbed and not Jabbari.

The government of Britain announced they were saddened and concerned by the Iranian woman’s execution for the killing of a man she alleged had tried to sexually assault her.

Tobias Ellwood the minister of the Foreign Office said questions about due process were never answered in the Jabbari case.

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