Reyhaneh Jabbari may be executed today for killing her rapist 

Iran to execute 26-year-old Jabbari for saying no to rape, and murdering her rapist in an act of self-defense.

The 26 year old Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari, who murdered her rapist in an act of self-defense, will be executed today after seven years of imprisonment, according to a press-statement issued by the Iran Human Rights (IHR).

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 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.

According to various sources, she has been transferred to the Rajaishahr prison for implementation of her death sentence.  Reyhaneh is sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a former ministry of intelligence officer whom she stabbed to death in self-defense.

Iran Human Rights,issuing a press statement on  September 29, informed that  Sholeh Pakravan (Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother) wrote an hour ago on her Facebook page that her daughter has told her that she is being transferred to Rajaishahr prison and scheduled for execution Tuesday morning.

According to Shole Pakravan, the officials at Rajaishahr prison have confirmed that Reyhaneh’s name is on the list of the executions for, Tuesday September 30 (Today). IHR urges the international community to act immediately in order to stop the execution of Reyhaneh. Mahmood. IHR, through the press statement, has also urged  the international community to act immediately in order to stop the execution of Reyhaneh. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR, said: ” International reactions may be the only possibility to save Reyhaneh. We ask all the countries with diplomatic relations with Iran to use all their channels to stop Reyhaneh’s execution”.She had confessed 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.

She 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. Her family was told in March 2014 that the sentence had gone for implementation and she was according to unofficial sources scheduled for execution on April 15. But the execution was postponed.

 

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