“The 26-year-old woman was transferred to a prison west of Tehran to be hanged, but she was given a last minute reprieve, and the execution was reportedly postponed for 10 days,” RTT
A Tehran court slapped death sentence on Jabbari in 2009 for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, an employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
According to the Independent
, the verdict was also upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court.
Reportedly Sarbandi employed Jabbari to work in his office and she stabbed him after he sexually abused her.
Jabbari’s plight caught international attention following her distraught mother’s post
Jabbari is being housed in Rajai Shahr prison and her mother, Shole Pakravan, posted on Facebook saying Iranian authorities have asked her to come on Tuesday morning to collect Jabbari’s body.
Amnesty International and the United Nations have taken up Jabbari’s issue alleging
that the conviction is flawed and that she did not have access to legal aid.
“Amnesty International understands that although Reyhaneh Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man once from the back, she said another man who was also in the house killed Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. Her claim is believed to have never been properly investigated,” the human right's body reported
The United States has also urged
Iran “to reexamine the case with utmost transparency.”
A Facebook page
and a petition
are already up and working for Jabbari, garnering thousand of likes and shares.
Apart from international support, Iranian artists and musicians have also come out in support for Jabbari including Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi.
Under Iran’s Islamic penal code, Jabbari's crime could also be absolved if Sarbandi’s family forgives her and stays the execution, and then she serves a prison sentence instead of the execution.
“Sarbandi’s family has refused to pardon Jabbari,” Eurasia Review reported
Media outlets report
that there has been a surge of arbitrary executions under President Hasan Rouhani’s watch.
Iran has executed at least 500 convicts on various charges. Human Rights Watch has called on Iran
to suspend arbitrary executions raising serious concerns on its due process violations which speaks an archaic legal system.