An Iranian woman was hanged on Saturday (Oct. 25) after being charged with killing a former intelligence ministry worker she said was attempting to molest her. Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed despite an international call for the death penalty to be lifted.
Jabbari allegedly killed Morteza Abdolali in 2007 and stood trial in 2008 and was sentenced to death in 2009.
BBC News reports that officials from the US State Department and British Foreign Office “condemned the execution.”
UK Foreign Ministry Tobias Ellwood said, “The UN noted that her conviction was allegedly based on confessions made while under threat.”
Amnesty International said that Jabbari’s investigation and trial were flawed.
"Tragically, this case is far from uncommon. Once again Iran has insisted on applying the death penalty despite serious concerns over the fairness of the trial,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East.
A Facebook page that was created to campaign for Jabbari’s freedom now reads, “Rest in peace.”
Publication date: October 27, 2014