Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari/ Canada & Free World Condemns


Canada CondemnsIran’s Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

October 25, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:
“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Iran’s execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year old interior designer and the latest victim of a murderous regime.
“In 2009, Ms. Jabbari was convicted after a deeply flawed trial process of killing a man she claims was trying to sexually assault her. Today, Iran executed her despite international efforts to see a fair trial and justice properly served.
“The execution of Ms. Jabbari is another truly tragic example of Iran’s contempt for due process and of systemic flaws within Iran’s judicial system.
“Canada strongly believes that due process and the rule of law are fundamental to ensuring human rights and dignity. By failing to accord Ms. Jabbari due process, Iran has once again cynically demonstrated its unwillingness to live up to international human rights obligations and to respect the dignity and rights of its people. The people of Iran, and on this day particularly the family of Reyhaneh Jabbari, deserve better.”

Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari despite world pressure

 Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was executed following five years on death row after she was found guilty of killing a man she claimed to have sexually assaulted her.

 By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of murdering a former intelligence official she claimed raped her, was executed on Saturday in defiance to international pressure to spare her life, Agence France-Presse reported. Jabbari, who was on death row for five years, was executed at dawn, the Tehran prosecutor’s office said in a statement carried by IRNA’s Farsi website.
A Facebook page started by her mother had a cover photo reading: “Rest in Peace,” confirming her death. Amnesty International had released a stern call to Iranian authorities on Friday to halt the planned execution of Jabbari. “The Iranian authorities must stop the execution of a woman due to be hanged tomorrow morning after being convicted for the killing of a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her,” the statement said. Amnesty International said in the statement that Jabbari, an interior designer, was due to be executed for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi.
A U.N. human rights monitor had said the killing of Sarbandi was an act of self-defence after he tried to sexually assault Jabbari, and that her trial in 2009 had been deeply flawed, according to Agence France-Presse said.
Jabbari reportedly admitted to stabbing Sarbandi, but maintained that another man present in the house at the time killed him, a claim Amnesty International said “[does] not appear to have ever been properly investigated.”
Iranian public figures, actors and other prominent personalities had appealed for a stay of execution, echoing similar calls in the Western countries.
Efforts to push for clemency had intensified in recent weeks. Jabbari’s mother was allowed to visit her for one hour on Friday, Amnesty said, a custom that tends to precede executions in Iran. According to the United Nations, more than 250 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014. The U.N. and international rights groups had said Jabbari’s confession was obtained under intense pressure and threats from Iranian prosecutors, and she should have had a retrial. Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N.’s human rights rapporteur on Iran, said in April that Sarbandi had offered to hire Jabbari to redesign his office and took her to an apartment where he sexually abused her.
However, Sarbandi’s family insists that the murder was premeditated and that Jabbari had confessed to buying a knife two days before the killing.
According to Jalal Sarbandi, the victim’s eldest son, Jabbari testified that a man was present in the apartment where his father was killed “but she refuses to reveal his identity”.
He told Shargh and Etemad, two of Iran’s reformist daily newspapers, in April that his family “would not even contemplate mercy until truth is unearthed.”
“Only when her true intentions are exposed and she tells the truth about her accomplice and what really went down will we be prepared to grant mercy,” he said at the time.
[With AFP]