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article imageIran postpones controversial execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

By Abdul Kuddus     Oct 1, 2014 in World
Tehran - Anticipating a possible public outcry, Iran has postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of killing her rapist in 2007.
“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 News reported.
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 on Facebook.
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.
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