(CNN)—An Iranian woman convicted of murder—in a killing that human rights groups called self-defense against a rapist—was hanged Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.
Reyhaneh Jabbari at her trial
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
The United Nations has said she never received a fair trial. The U.S. State Department also said there were concerns about the trial.
"There were serious concerns with the fairness of the trial and the circumstances surrounding this case, including reports of confessions made under severe duress," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.
"We condemn this morning's execution in Iran of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said she stabbed in self-defense during a sexual assault," Psaki said.
Jabbari's execution was originally scheduled for September 30, but was postponed. Amnesty International said the delay may have been in response to the public outcry against the execution.
Jabbari was convicted of murder after "a flawed investigation and unfair trial," according to Amnesty International.
The United Nations has said Sarbandi hired Jabbari—then a 19-year-old interior designer—to work on his office. She stabbed him after he sexually assaulted her, it said.
Jabbari was held in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer and family for two months, Amnesty International said in a statement. She was tortured during that time, the group said. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Iran Executes Reyhaneh Jabbari for Killing Rapist
Reyhaneh Jabbari stabbed a man who was trying to rape her. The man later died. Since Jabbari couldn't produce the four male witnesses required by Sharia for accusations of rape, she was sentenced to death by hanging. After briefly postponing the execution, Iran hanged her today.