Victim of attempted rape Reyhaneh Jabbari will be executed after confessing under torture.
The woman who was tortured into confessing she killed a man who tried to rape her is to be hanged within hours. Reyhaneh Jabbari will be executed tomorrow morning in a sentence which has shocked human rights campaigners across the globe..
The 26-year-old has been on trial for the killing of Iranian Ministry for Defence worker Abdolali Sarbandi in 2007.She was sentenced to death two years later in 2009, and has been in a Tehran jail ever since. A petition signed by over 190,000 has failed to halt the execution.
Worker Sarbandi was accused of luring the then 19-year-old to his home with the promise of work before attempting to sexually assault her. In her attempts to fight off her attacker Jabbari stabbed him and will tomorrow be executed for it.
Amnesty International and other humanitarian groups have claimed the trial was one sided,exclaiming shock and disgust at the trail.
They say Jabbari was subjected to "savage tortures" when she apparently confessed her crime, calling it a "deeply flawed investigation and trial which failed to examine all the evidence."
Shassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International blames Iran's judicial system.
Sahraoui was quoted in the press as saying "Instead of continuing to execute people," she said, "authorities in Iran should reform their judicial system, which dangerously relies on processes which fail to meet international law and standards for fair trial.
Adding: "This abhorrent execution must not be allowed to take place, particularly when there are serious doubts about the circumstances of the killing."
"Under international human rights standards people charged with crimes punishable by death are entitled to the strictest observance of all fair trial guarantees."
The imminent excution was revealed when Jabbari's mother today wrote in a Facebook post that she would need to visit the prison tomorrow to collect her daughter's corpse.
Amnesty International said in a statement: "The misogynic regime of the mullahs is attempting to intensify the atmosphere of terror in the society and to terrorise all women and youth who have not succumbed to the oppression and vulgarly of regime’s elements."
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