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Reyhaneh Jabbari was Hanged this Morning

25 Oct 14
Reyhaneh Jabbari was Hanged this Morning

Despite several months of international calls for halting Reyhaneh's death sentence, Iranian authorities executed Reyhaneh Jabbari early this morning. Iran Human Rights strongly condemns Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution.   Iran Human Rights, October 25, 2014: The 26 year old Iranian woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in the Rajaishahr prison of Karaj early this morning, reported the Iranian state media. She was sentenced to "qesas" (retribution in kind) for murdering "Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi" in 2007, reported the state run Fars news agency.

Reyhaneh had claimed that she stubbed Mr. Sarbandi in self defence.  In the past months Iran Human Rights (IHR) together many other human rights groups and the UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed had called for a halt of the execution and providing her a fair trial. IHR strongly condemns Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: "We send our condolences to Reyhaneh's family and everyone who made an attempt to stop this execution.  Like many others who are executed in Iran, Reyhaneh was not subjected to a fair trial and due process. Through the inhumane "qesas" law, the Iranian authorities try to put the responsibility of the execution on the family of the murder victim, but it is the Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the Judiciary who are responsible and must be held accountable for the execution of Reyhaneh and hundreds of other executions every year".   Background: Reyhaneh Jabbari, aged 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Following her arrest, Reyhaneh Jabbari was held in solitary confinement for two months in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where she did not have access to a lawyer or her family. Reyhaneh  confessed that to the murder immediately after her arrest, though she did not have a lawyer present at the time she made her confession. She stated that the murder took place in self-defence. Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death under  qesas (“retribution-in-kind”) by a criminal court in Tehran in 2009. The death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court the same year. Reyhaneh’s case has attracted much attention inside and outside Iran  and her scheduled execution has been postponed twice on April 15 and September 29 .