Iran may hang on Tuesday a 26-year-old woman accused of killing a man she said tried to rape her.
Also on death row is dissident Ayatollah Boroujerdi, whose crime, for which he has spent eight years in jail as part of an 11-year sentence, is publishing a book that expressed “anti-government views.”
His “execution” may be carried out simply by refusing him medical treatment and by allowing his serious condition to deteriorate, according to sources quoted by Gatestone Institute.
“Boroujerdi, who has an enormous number of supporters and is known worldwide as ‘Iran’s Mandela, has also implored the United Nations to help the people of Iran for the sake of history and future generations, wrote Gatestone contributor Shadi Paveh. “So far, possibly wary of the global outcry that would ensue both inside and outside Iran if the regime were to execute Boroujerdi, the authorities have refrained from executing him,” he wrote.
The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has been transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison to be hanged, also has drawn world-wide attention, and a protest petition has been signed by more than 180,000 people.
That may have the same influence on the Iranian regime as did appeals to ISIS by families that they spare their sons lives.
The Obama administration rejects Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comparison of ISIS with Iran or Hamas, and this time Washington is correct. ISIS beheads innocent victims, Hamas only shoots them in the head, or in the back, and occasionally drags bodies of accused spies for Israel on the ground.
Iran simply hangs them.
Hanged, beheaded or shot, the result will be the same for Jabbari unless Iran backs down.
The Iranian hanging judges sentence her to death seven years ago for allegedly stabbing to death a former “intelligent agent” who tried to rape her. She stabbed him in the shoulder with a small pen knife and fled, supposedly leaving him to bleed to death. The attempted rapist is burly man, and Jabbari’s testimony may have been forced through torture.
Her mother, Shole Paravan, posted on her Facebook page that she talked with her daughter via a mobile phone of a guard before she was moved to the prison where she is to be hanged.
“I am currently handcuffed and there is a car waiting outside to take me for the execution of the sentence,” Jabbari told her mother, according to Fox News, which translated and published the conversation.
“Goodbye, dear Mum. All of my pains will finish early tomorrow morning. I’m sorry I cannot lessen your pain. Be patient. We believe in life after death. I’ll see you in the next world and I will never leave you again because being separated from you is the most difficult thing to do in the world,” she said.
Her mother said she was told to pick up her daughter’s body on Tuesday.
Amnesty International stated, “This abhorrent execution must not be allowed to take place, particularly when there are serious doubts about the circumstances of the killing.
“Instead of continuing to execute people, authorities in Iran should reform their judicial system, which dangerously relies on processes which fail to meet international law and standards for fair trial.
“Under international human rights standards people charged with crimes punishable by death are entitled to the strictest observance of all fair trial guarantees.”