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The News Minute | October 27, 2014 | 05:04 pm IST 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged to death on October 25 in Tehran after 7 years imprisonment. Paying no heed to an international campaign urging a reprieve, the Iran government went ahead with Jabbari’s execution. Jabbari had been convicted of murdering Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence ministry official, in 2007. Jabbari, an interior designer, was just 19 when the incident took place. According to a report by Daily Mail, Jabbari met Sarbandi in a café where he convinced her to meet her at his apartment to discuss business. Jabbari claimed that Sarbandi drugged her and tried to rape her following which she stabbed him with a pocket knife. She also claimed while she did stab Sarbandi, it was another man present in the apartment at the time who killed Sarbandi.  ( Image source: Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran Facebook Page ) National Council of Resistance of Iran recently published a translated version of Jabbari’s will which she had recorded in April. Jabbari was disappointed with the law, the very law that she had put her faith in. She said, “The world allowed me to live for 19 years. That ominous night it was I that should have been killed. My body would have been thrown in some corner of the city, and after a few days, the police would have taken you to the coroner’s office to identify my body and there you would also learn that I had been raped as well. The murderer would have never been found since we don’t have their wealth and their power. Then you would have continued your life suffering and ashamed, and a few years later you would have died of this suffering and that would have been that”.  ( Image source: Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran Facebook Page ) Addressing her mother Sholeh, Jabbari talks about how what her mother taught in life ultimately did not help her. “And this country that you planted its love in me never wanted me and no one supported me when under the blows of the interrogator I was crying out and I was hearing the most vulgar terms. When I shed the last sign of beauty from myself by shaving my hair I was rewarded: 11 days in solitary.” Finally, Jabbari in her will asks for her organs to be donated. “I don’t want to rot under the soil. I don’t want my eye or my young heart to turn into dust. Beg so that it is arranged that as soon as I am hanged my heart, kidney, eye, bones and anything that can be transplanted be taken away from my body and given to someone who needs them as a gift. I don’t want the recipient know my name, buy me a bouquet, or even pray for me. I am telling you from the bottom of my heart that I don’t want to have a grave for you to come and mourn there and suffer. I don’t want you to wear black clothing for me. Do your best to forget my difficult days. Give me to the wind to take away. ( Image source: Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran Facebook Page ) Many international organisations including Amnesty International urged for a stay on Jabbari’s death sentence stating that the investigation into the case was flawed and that Jabbari confessed to the crime under extreme pressure. Her execution, which was postponed a few times, could have been pardoned if the victim’s family forgave her. But they did not agree to forgive Jabbari, nor did they accept any blood money.

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