Rayhaneh Jabbari from execution by hanging
is now 26 years old and has been in Tehran's dreaded
Evin prison since 2007.
In July 2007 she
was alone inside a coffee shop and was speaking on her
phone about architecture and design. Morteza, a
physician and a former employee of the feared Iranian
Intelligence Services, overheard the conversation,
approached her and asked for her expertise in order to
renovate his office. The afternoon of 7th of July 2007,
Morteza made an appointment with Reyhaneh for business
Morteza stopped his car at a pharmacy on the way to the
appointment. It was later discovered he bought condoms.
Then they went into the apartment and Morteza closed the
door. Morteza approached her and demanded to have sex
with her; he had already made some drinks for her.
Forensics analysis found that the drink he intended to
serve to Rayhaneh contained sleeping aids and sedatives.
Reyhaneh did not allow him to rape her, therefore he
asked her several times to have sex with him but
Reyhaneh resisted. During this time she felt threatened
rape, she took a knife out of her bag and stabbed
Morteza at the back of his right shoulder. Morteza died
due to heavy bleeding.
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 a week earlier, and
that said she killed him only in self defence.
"The evening I was
there, I knew that he wanted to rape me, so because of
self defence I stabbed him and escaped," she said.
that she had to defend herself: "Two and half months
before the crime, I saw the doctor and his friend, at
that time my phone was ringing, so I picked up the phone
and was speaking to one of my friends about the
decoration, and design, and the doctor's friend realized
that I was an interior designer."
She added: "Morteza's
friends came closer and got my contact number to ask
help to design a private health centre. After a couple
of days, the doctor's friend's calls started and
thereafter Morteza himself called and invited me to
visit the flat, which was supposed to be converted to
private health centre. The time was 6:15 that evening
when I reached there, and I found Morteza looking
suspicious. I was so worried and anxious so, I decided
to take out the knife and I stabbed his right shoulder.
Believe me, I just wanted to be safe, that is why I did
it, because I had no other choice. The same day,
Reyhaneh was sentenced, and the decision was confirmed
by the Supreme Court.
Now, any moment it
is possible for her to be hanged. Fitnah calls on groups
and individuals to step forward and stop her execution.
In Iran men and
women, including some minors, face execution everyday
for some 131 offenses punishable by death under the
Islamic Republic of Iran. 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
Rouhani'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.
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