Iran’s Execution Of Reyhaneh Jabbari Condemned

Iran has today executed a young woman convicted of killing a man she claimed sexually abused her.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison this morning after what Amnesty International called “a deeply flawed investigation.”

“This is another bloody stain on Iran’s human rights record,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, reports “Tragically, this case is far from uncommon. Once again Iran has insisted on applying the death penalty despite serious concerns over the fairness of the trial.”

In 2007 Jabbari was arrested for murdering Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence ministry worker. Jabbari admitted to stabbing Abdolali Sarbandi once in the back, but told officials there was someone else in the house who actually killed him.

After her initial arrest, Jabbari had been placed in solitary confinement for two months, where she reportedly did not have access to a lawyer or her family. She was executed because her relatives failed to gain consent from the victim’s family for a reprieve. Jalal Sarbandi, the victim’s eldest son, said Jabbari had refused to identify the man and thus his family could not grant her mercy.

The United Nations says Iran has executed about 250 people this year.