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    US Condemns Iranian Woman's Execution

    FILE - A picture taken on July 8, 2007 shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Tehran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official.
    FILE - A picture taken on July 8, 2007 shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Tehran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official.
    VOA News

    The United States has condemned Iran for executing a woman convicted of killing a man to defend herself from an alleged sexual assault.

    The 26-year-old woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, was hanged Saturday morning. The death penalty went ahead after the family of her alleged assailant, a former Iranian intelligence agent, refused to pardon her or accept financial compensation.

    At the U.S. State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said there were "serious concerns with the fairness" of the case, including reports that confessions were "made under severe duress."

    Psaki said the United States condemns Iran for killing Jabbari "despite pleas from Iranian human-rights activists and an international outcry."

    Jabbari said Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi was trying to rape her. She said she acted in self-defense when she stabbed him, but prosecutors said the attack was premeditated, and noted the dead man had been stabbed in the back.

    The stabbing occurred in 2007. Jabbari was sentenced to death in 2009 under the Islamic principle of "an eye for an eye."

    During the trial, Iran's official IRNA news agency said, there was testimony that Jabbari told a friend in a text message that she intended to kill Sarbandi, as well as alleged evidence that she purchased the knife involved only two days before putting it to use.

    In a statement before the woman was hanged, Amnesty International said the "deeply flawed" prosecution did not appear "to have ever properly investigated" Jabbari's statement that another man present at the time of the stabbing was Sarbandi's killer.

    The U.S. State Department spokeswoman said the United States joins "with those who call on Iran to respect the fair-trial guarantees afforded to its people under Iran's own laws and its international obligations."

    Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    October 26, 2014 1:18 AM
    The World should outright condemn Christian and Islam based principal of “an eye for an eye”, it’s inhuman, brutal, savagery and barbaric. We have got to denounce countries (Middle Eastern and US) that practice this principal as morally corrupt.
    There’s little difference between lethal injection and hanging or beheading. Let's not waste our effort focusing just one case in Iran.
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    by: Steve from: Pinecreek
    October 27, 2014 10:38 AM
    Banjo, he's probably some american trying to offend muslims, that's how weak and desperate people, alongside the guy below who claims he's from Malaysia. Incidentally, some comment here a clear breach of the forum rules.
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    by: Banjo from: Nigeria, scams
    October 27, 2014 6:48 AM
    lol, do you answer for answer growing issues within imprisonment within legal issues? For someone is condoning war in someone his posts, I find your argument on capital punishment hypocritical. Go bury head like most of these posters here and pretend your ignorance doesn't exist.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    October 25, 2014 10:16 PM
    The perverted judiciary is as bad as the theocratic mullahs and the ayatollahs who rule Iran. They support each other. It is man's world and women have no rights in Muslim countries especially Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, EAU, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other Muslim countries The sharia laws of these countries are a disgrace to humanity. How could a former intelligence officer who raped a woman go free and the victim is executed? This is an example of the moral code of the sharia law of Muslim countries. Rape is legal under sharia law of most Muslim countries!

    by: marilyn from: martinsville
    October 25, 2014 8:03 PM
    I know it doesnt matter but notice iranians are better looking than people from iraq,
    however this is too sad, why such hatred amoung their own people?

    by: Shahzad from: Iran
    October 25, 2014 3:47 PM
    listen people, the scumbag that she is accused of killing was not an "intelligence officer" as some in the Western Media have claimed. He was a denouncer... an informant who lives in the local community and denounces people who may say something derogatory about the Islamic regime. These people have a lot of power in the community for fear of being denounced. He was a serial rapist and she has done all of us a favor.

    by: Not Again from: Canada
    October 25, 2014 10:53 AM
    An there are those in the West that see "great changes in the Iranian gvmt", they are the blind at best and stupid at worst; politicians that by every means are trying to ignore the terrible record on human rights in Iran. The excecution of this women demonstrates that the Iranian gvmt has not changed; that women do not get a fair hearing; and lastly by the failure of Irans new "moderate smiling face" PM to communte the sentence, that he too agrees with the continuation of the status quo, and his smiling face is more to do with the fact that he sees the lack of depth on human rights, lack of strenght on their moral compas, and not much character for standing up for democratic rights, in his Western counterparts; many of the Western countries more concerned about economic gains and accessing the Iranian markets than justice for the Iranian people.
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    by: Yes again from: Ven
    October 26, 2014 12:21 PM
    Western exceptionalism, again? Seem repetitive disease on here with collective narcissism, straw man and association fallacy. When you're entirely argument is suggestive and provocative and reeking of intellectual dishonest where you ignore aspect of racial bias and discrimination within western judicial system. It reminds me of how western media blamed Putin for the fighter plane when all countries agreed on international investigation. All it does highlight people in the western are using their media for smear campaigns and playing ignorant and dishonest. Pathetic.
    In Response

    by: Yes again from: Cao
    October 26, 2014 11:37 AM
    According to you, they don't. You dislike Iran, so why should I trust you? It's funny, similar allegation on first nation women, UN has slammed Canadian human rights record and there's also evidence of discrimination within Canadian police force and laws. Ironic how as Canadian you dismissed them. The western countries has similar discrimination, UK police picks on South Asians and blacks, US protects criminal police officers who go on killing sprees. Again no mention Biased huh?

    by: Dennis from: Nigeria
    October 25, 2014 10:45 AM
    The execution was not fair, because the women acted in self defense.
    In Response

    by: Dannyboy from: Nigria
    October 26, 2014 11:30 AM
    Proof please? No western countries has ever been part of judicial process, so you're argument on self- defense in unfounded. This would indicate you're biased on Iran. The comments are founded on western biased views.

    by: Allah from: malaysia
    October 25, 2014 10:18 AM
    Ayatollah-regime is either sick or dopey
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    by: Whitetrushing from: Hillybilly, TX USA
    October 26, 2014 11:27 AM
    You're behavior is both.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 25, 2014 9:49 AM
    There is no surprise here, Iran’s judicial system is founded in the Middle and Dark Ages. It is a totalitarian system and women have no rights whatsoever despite the so much touted Rouhani’s moderate islamist leaning. It cannot be good if it has no origin in the good. Iran is a far cry from democratization, and here we find the flaws in the country the West led by Britain is stumbling over itself to welcome into the comity of nations. I think it is rather going to be retrogressive rather than progressive to welcome Iran into the modern society the way it is right now. If anything, it has the leaning and legal system of the ISIS and al qaida – all extremist and fanatical Islamist leaning on a man’s world without an iota of consideration for the rights of women and other religious minorities. Definitely women are insignificant in Iran’s reckoning, even though this woman in question took the laws into her hand.
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    by: Devilwin from: Nigera
    October 26, 2014 11:29 AM
    lol, all you're argument are prejudicial and non-squitr, the human rights record in Iran is far more human than Nigeria, lol.

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