Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari Postponed

Sept. 30, 2014, 5:33 a.m.

Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution has been postponed and might be implemented at a later time. Iran Human Rights asked for continuation of the efforts to remove her death sentence.  Iran Human Rights, September 30, 2014: Reyhaneh Jabbari's scheduled execution has been postponed for 10 days and she is transferred back to her old prison ward at Gharchak prison of Varamin (southern Tehran).  The death row prisoner Reyhaneh Jabbari was trnsferred yesterday (Monday September 29) to Rajaishahr prison of Karaj (West of Tehran) and the execution was scheduled for this morning.

The news of her scheduled execution received broad attention inside and outside Iran. Tens of people had gathered outside Rajaishahr prison in protest to Reyhaneh's execution. Finally Reyhaneh's family were informed that the execution has been postponed for 10 days and Reyhaneh was subsequently transferred back to her old prison ward. Another woman, identified as "Ashraf Nazari", was also scheduled to be executed this morning. At the present moment there is no information about her situation. Iran Human Rights (IHR) emphasizes that Reyhaneh's execution has only been postponed and urged the international community and the civil society to continue their efforts until Reyhaneh's death sentence has been removed. 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-defense. 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.