Rayhaneh Jabbari is
sentenced to hang for killing her rapist in self defense in Iran
Reyhaneh Jabbari is at risk of imminent execution for having killed a member of the Iranian intelligence services, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a physician, who was attempting to rape her. Her execution verdict has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
Rayhaneh Jabbari is a 26 six year old woman who has been in prison for the last 7 years and is awaiting imminent execution [by hanging].
Rayhaneh, an interior designer, was speaking on the phone about her work in a coffee shop, a conversation which was coincidentally overheard by Morteza who approached her for professional advice about renovating his office. They then set a date to meet at his office in order to see and discuss Morteza’s renovation project.
On the day of the meeting, Morteza picked up Rayhaneh in his car. On the way to his office, Morteza stopped at a pharmacy, purchased an item (while Rayhaneh waited in the car), got into the car again and drove to his office. After arriving at their destination, Rayhaneh realized that the place did not look like a work place at all as it was a rundown house. Inside the house, Rayhaneh saw two drinks on the table, Morteza went inside and quickly locked the door from inside, put his arms around Rayhaneh’s waist and told her that “she had no way of escaping”. A struggle soon ensued. Rayhaneh trying to defend herself stabbed Morteza in the shoulder and escaped. Morteza died from bleeding.
Lab analysis showed the drinks Morteza intended to serve to Rayhaneh contained sedatives. Regardless, Rayhaneh was arrested. There she was told by the authorities that the murder had been set up [by them] and was “politically motivated”. Nevertheless, Rayhaneh was tortured until she confessed to the murder, after she was given the death penalty which was upheld by the Supreme Court. As a result she is to be executed at any moment.
An interrogator went to the
apartment and made a report. At that time Reyhaneh clearly stated to the
investigator that she was innocent, that she had met Morteza for business meeting,
and that said she killed him only in self defense to stop him from rape.
"The evening I was
there, I knew that he wanted to rape me, so because of self defense I stabbed
him and escaped," she said.
During a meeting concerning
the case at the Criminal Court Branch 74, the family of the victim -- one girl
and two boys -- stood up and demanded a "death sentence."
Reyhaneh explained that she
had to defend herself: "
Now, any moment it is
possible for her to be hanged. Her crime is self defense and she does not
deserve to die.
Please do not allow her to be hanged; she is now waiting for our help and
NOTE: In Iran men and
women, including some minors, face execution everyday for some 131 offenses
punishable by death under the fundamentalist Islamic Republic. Some of these crimes include adultery, theft,
homosexuality, drug possession and political dissidence. Iran hangs more people
per capita than any other country in the world, Since President Rohani's election;
there has been a sharp increase in executions. Trials in Iran fall short of
International standards and the majority of those hanged did not even have access to
a lawyer, jury, or even evidence.
PLEASE DO NOT LET REYHANEH
JABBARI BE HANGED. SHE CAN BE HANGED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.