Rayhaneh Jabbari

Iran went ahead and hanged Rayhaneh Jabbari. The bastards.

Ms Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

She was sentenced to death by a Tehran court in 2009 and her execution verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. Her case drew international outcry and sparked a petition urging her release, which collected over 240,000 signatures.

The court ruling says Ms Jabbari, 26, stabbed Sarbandi in the back in 2007 after purchasing a knife two days earlier.

It says the execution was carried out after Sarbandi’s family refused to pardon Jabbari or accept blood money.

We’re not hugely better about this in the US, I have to say. Shame on us and shame on them.

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty’s researcher on Iran, told The Independent: “Like many others, we are absolutely shocked by this travesty of justice. Reyhaneh’s execution is a tragic moment for many people in Iran and for the members of the international community hoping for different outcome.

“Her case personifies the outrage of many in Iran and across the globe over the use of the death penalty, which is a despicable, cruel and inhumane punishment.

“Reports and online petitions have been crying for her retrial because of the many unanswered questions hanging over her case. But at the end they once again allowed the execution and justified this by saying it lies in the hands of the family of the deceased to make the decision to spare her.”



  1. says

    We’re not hugely better about this in the US, I have to say. Shame on us and shame on them.

    Yep; when you’re on the same moral plane as that regime, you’re not occupying the high ground.

  2. Decker says

    We’re not hugely better about this in the US, I have to say. Shame on us and shame on them.

    Why put this grain of salt in there. It detracts for the seriousness of this execution.

    America has its faults, but this sort of shit just doesn’t happen. American women aren’t executed for resisting rape

  3. johnthedrunkard says

    Yeah, let’s relativise the death-worshiping tribal theocracy….because U.S. prison industry.

    Even in Texas, they don’t offer the ‘blood money’ option.

  4. says

    Are you kidding? I put it in there because it’s the truth, and because it does undercut an American’s ability to denounce executions in Iran.

    Decker do you know for a fact that no American woman has ever been executed for killing a man who, according to her, was attempting to rape her?

    I didn’t say “because US prison industry.” (On the other hand would “because US prison industry” be such a fatuous thing to say? Our rate of incarceration really is an utter disgrace, and the racial disparity in rates of incarceration is an utter disgrace, and our rate of incarceration of juveniles is an utter disgrace. We ruin lives by the hundreds of thousands, because drugs. It’s horrendous. It’s not some trivial little quibble.) I had in mind 1. our use of the death penalty and 2. our high number of executions.

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