Executions · Iran

Executed for killing man who allegedly attempted to rape her

October 25, 2014
Karaj, Iran
Reyhaneh Jabbari (ریحانه جباری) is hanged for murder

In 2007, Jabbari, who was an interior decorator, met with Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi for a business meeting. During this meeting, Sarbandi allegedly attempted to rape Jabbari who stabbed the man with a pocket knife and fled, leaving her attacker to bleed to death.

She was put in solitary confinement for two months without access to her family or lawyers. During trial, she was found guilty of murder, and Sarbandi’s family believed the attack to be premeditated due to a confession (allegedly spoken under police coercion and after torture) stating she had bought the knife just two days before the killing.

Under Iranian law, once a person has been found guilty of murder only the victim’s family can spare the condemned person’s life. Still believing the attack to be planned, and despite pleading from Jabari’s prosecution and international human rights groups, Sarbandi’s family insisted on the execution which was carried out October 25, 2014.

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