Source: Radio Zamaneh
Ahmad Shaheed, the UN rapporteur on human rights in Iran, has expressed grave concern regarding the trial, alleged confessions and imminent execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari. On Monday April 14, Shaheed called for a reconsideration of the judicial sentence against the 26-year-old Jabbari.
Reyhaneh Jabbari (artwork by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur)
Jabbari was arrested seven year ago for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a physician and former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Jabbari stabbed Sarbandi at his office after suspecting that he intended to sexually assault her and fled the scene.
Ahmad Shaheed maintains that the murder was indeed self-defence. He notes that if Jabbari's claims are true, she has been victimized twice, first by her assailant and then by the judicial system.
Jabbari's death sentence has been approved by the judiciary and its cancellation would require the private complainants to forego their complaint. So far, Sarbandi's mother and three children have refused to show mercy.
It should be noted that many people in the Iranian film community have intervened in this case and tried to convince the Sarbandi family to forgive Reyhaneh. But so far these efforts have been unsuccessful.
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