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Iran hangs woman who killed her rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari

Tehran (IraqiNews.com) Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that an Iranian woman, Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged on Saturday for killing her rapist Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

Several Iranian authorities demanded a re-trial and that the court vacate Reyhaneh’s death sentence.

A few hours before Reyhaneh was hanged she released her will in a voice message to her mother which was translated and transcribed by Human Rights Watch as published below.

Incidentally, two days earlier in Iraq security sources reported that ISIS beheaded a 30 year old Iraqi woman for killing an ISIS militant who attempted to rape her whilst she was recovering from illness in her home in Diyali, Iraq.

Transcription of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s voice message to her mother:

Dear Sholeh, today I learned that it is now my turn to face Qisas (the Iranian regime’s law of retribution). I am hurt as to why you did not let me know yourself that I have reached the last page of the book of my life. Don’t you think that I should know? You know how ashamed I am that you are sad. Why did you not take the chance for me to kiss your hand and that of dad?

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.

However, with that cursed blow the story changed. My body was not thrown aside, but into the grave of Evin Prison and its solitary wards, and now the grave-like prison of Shahr-e Ray. But give in to the fate and don’t complain. You know better that death is not the end of life.

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You taught me that one comes to this world to gain an experience and learn a lesson and with each birth a responsibility is put on one’s shoulder. I learned that sometimes one has to fight. I do remember when you told me that the carriage man protested the man who was flogging me, but the flogger hit the lash on his head and face that ultimately led to his death. You told me that for creating a value one should persevere even if one dies.

You taught us that as we go to school one should be a lady in face of the quarrels and complaints. Do you remember how much you underlined the way we behave? Your experience was incorrect. When this incident happened, my teachings did not help me. Being presented in court made me appear as a cold-blooded murderer and a ruthless criminal. I shed no tears. I did not beg. I did not cry my head off since I trusted the law.

But I was charged with being indifferent in face of a crime. You see, I didn’t even kill the mosquitoes and I threw away the cockroaches by taking them by their antennas. Now I have become a premeditated murderer. My treatment of the animals was interpreted as being inclined to be a boy and the judge didn’t even trouble himself to look at the fact that at the time of the incident I had long and polished nails.

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How optimistic was he who expected justice from the judges! He never questioned the fact that my hands are not coarse like those of a sportswoman, especially a boxer. 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.

Dear Sholeh, don’t cry for what you are hearing. On the first day that in the police office an old unmarried agent hurt me for my nails I understood that beauty is not looked for in this era. The beauty of looks, beauty of thoughts and wishes, a beautiful handwriting, beauty of the eyes and vision, and even beauty of a nice voice.
My dear mother, my ideology has changed and you are not responsible for it. My words are unending and I gave it all to someone so that when I am executed without your presence and knowledge, it would be given to you. I left you much handwritten material as my heritage.

However, before my death I want something from you, that you have to provide for me with all your might and in any way that you can. In fact this is the only thing I want from this world, this country and you. I know you need time for this. Therefore, I am telling you part of my will sooner. Please don’t cry and listen. I want you to go to the court and tell them my request. I cannot write such a letter from inside the prison that would be approved by the head of prison; so once again you have to suffer because of me. It is the only thing that if even you beg for it I would not become upset although I have told you many times not to beg to save me from being executed.

My kind mother, dear Sholeh, the one more dear to me than my life, 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.

The world did not love us. It did not want my fate. And now I am giving in to it and embrace the death. Because in the court of God I will charge the inspectors, I will charge inspector Shamlou, I will charge judge, and the judges of country’s Supreme Court that beat me up when I was awake and did not refrain from harassing me. In the court of the creator I will charge Dr. Farvandi, I will charge Qassem Shabani and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.

Dear soft-hearted Sholeh, in the other world it is you and me who are the accusers and others who are the accused. Let’s see what God wants. I wanted to embrace you until I die. I love you.

Reyhaneh,
April 1, 2014

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  1. Iranian are a*****e i am Shia Myself and always will be a Shia but iranians are far away from islamic laws a girl is saying she was raped and she got punishment or even if nuthing happend and she just killed that man , shouldnt be hanged like . she could face life sentence. but because they are A******S and dont know S**t about islamic Sharia laws they just hanged and Hanging is not islamic anyways if she killed a man for no reason then she need to be beheaded by islamic Sharia law . iranian goverment is full of s**t .

    • Syed you are a fool, she should never have been punished, she defended herself from being raped. WTF would you do if some big dude tried to rape you in your butt? You just gonna take it? Or you gonna defend yourself?

  2. Dear rizvi n ali…iran is so responsble country will not allow to a woman murder..really it will be a crime found against that Rehaney jabbri . Otherwise never the will do this guilty that they will kill a innoccent woman.iran is not like saudi arabia that the woman is not free there to get their tights. It is media which supported by some whabis and western power to showing that iran has done wrong . In whole world iran is a country which is fighting against real terrorism….israel .isis..and american propeganda to destroy the muslim world. Be carefull about your words it will be counted ….
    Asslam ya husain(a.s)
    Labbaik ya imam(A.S.)

  3. Dear Rayaneh
    May you rest in peace by the side of Allah you are an amazing young lady with such Grace under duress your family should be proud of your actions and so should all women of Iran. No man has the right to take from a women of what is hers alone without her permission. Women are the givers if life and should held above those of mere mortal men. Wake up Iran

  4. My Questions regarding Rehana Jabbari to Amnesty
    International and Dawn News and Times of India and
    CNN and BBC and Aljazera and Times of Israel and HRW
    and UNO and Kashmir News and daily mail etc…..
    ——————+++++++++—————–
    1…. Where from this killer bought Knife for killing Iranian
    intelligence Officer. ??????
    2…. Why this criminal lady message her friend and said
    “I am going to kill this Officer”???????
    3…… Why she killed him instead of Injured him ????????
    4…… Why her death became internationalise so much
    through Amnesty International and American secret and
    news agencies and Israeli agencies.
    5….. How she contact the intelligence Officer so much
    close that according to her she was almost ready to
    raped by the killed one ????
    6….. Why their is no justice for others who are raped and
    tortured in Europe and west instead blaming on Iran. For
    example Dr. Afia was killed in Europe ???????
    7….. According to her last letter to her mother showed by
    Amnesty International is showing she was on mission
    given by either CIA OR MOSSAD OR ANY OTHER
    WESTERN GOVERNMENT. ???????
    8…. People blame she was sunni and Sunni are killed
    their. you people always hate Iran because they are
    powerful and they are not ready to divide the Muslims.
    This is not first case. In Iran their are so many people
    hanged who did crimes and they belong to Shia sect then
    what do you criminal people think about them. ?????¿
    ———–
    I have good question for my some Sunni brethren who
    blindly trust fake news without Using mind. It is a best
    concept.
    First of all do you people think Iran killed her injustice
    way?. Iran cares this lady more than us and west
    because they gave her 7 years so that she can prove she
    was innocent. Show me any country like Iran ???? And If
    you think Iran did injustice to this lady. Then why not
    they hang her on starting when this news was not so
    much famous and world was not aware about this
    news. ??????? On
    starting of the case they could close this chapter for
    forever even Iranian country was having good strong
    proof for her hanging that was she killed an intelligence
    officer ????? But Iran cares more for her than any other
    country who try to make her image and stories as their
    mission.

  5. I have good question for my some Sunni brethren who
    blindly trust fake news without Using mind. It is a best
    concept.
    First of all do you people think Iran killed her injustice
    way?. Iran cares this lady more than us and west
    because they gave her 7 years so that she can prove she
    was innocent. Show me any country like Iran ???? And If
    you think Iran did injustice to this lady. Then why not
    they hang her on starting when this news was not so
    much famous and world was not aware about this
    news. ??????? On
    starting of the case they could close this chapter for
    forever even Iranian country was having good strong
    proof for her hanging that was she killed an intelligence
    officer ????? But Iran cares more for her than any other
    country who try to make her image and stories as their
    mission.

  6. As an Indian living in Dubai and having known many good Iranians I had a respect for the country and its ancient culture. But what a cruel and stupid system that will hang a 19 year old girl. It is super shame. There is no doubt that she was threatened / raped / tried to be raped. She may have over reacted resulting in the death. Even if she planned it. But the punishment is worse than the crime. Your stupid system waited for the mercy from the dead man’s family and hanged the real victim !

    I will be against the current Iranian system of government – wherever I can write – it will not make any difference – but it is my tribute to Reyhaneh. Im not sure of heaven or hell. Im not sure whether there is god or not. Science points both ways. But Im sure that there is goodness and that goodness is missing in this judge and team and Iranian judiciary which sent her to death. Considering the age of alleged crime (19), and the possibility that she was a victim they could have given a life sentence. Whats the different between ISIL barbarian justice and Iranian justice system.

  7. Am not only say that is a sad ness that is matter shaym shaym and very very misérable i kow Iran is big est Musslim stage but i did not understand of the irani constitution

  8. Iranian govt.hinding the shamefull act of their intelligence officer. Every body knows what happened
    That bullsheet officers family also aware.
    May allaha blessed her holly spirit……. Ameen

  9. That is a male dominant society woman are crap and until they stand up and stop taking this s**t men will continue to controll them
    The man raped her if anyone should be hanged it should have been him
    I would have killed the basterd too

  10. From my point of view Judges did blunder. They should resign the post after this. They have crossed all their limits. Now the time has come that people who know the importance of female on the earth should come together and protest globally against violence against or dominating women. It needs unity.

  11. At the day of judgement all the guilty parties will have to answer for their part in taking this innocent girl’s life. She is a very brave woman and Amen

  12. This is worst for Iran……….a women who is hanged for only her self defense………This Kind of punishment is a brutal punishment………..there is no kind consideration and right to the self defense……shame on such law……….and such judgement…….

  13. You’re all arab savages, the lot of you. Like dogs squabbling over rotten bones. A Sickening spectacle. Don’t you stupid people realize that religion, and Islam is one of the worst, is just a tool of oppression, usually by men. The sight of Iman’s and judges ‘upholding’ religious laws is pathetic and was it not so painful and sad for the victims – laughable. I spit on your filthy religion, you vile and dirty people

  14. What a sad thing to happen, as someone who has been raped I can’t imagine being punished for killing him. Of course , I didn’t kill the dog , God rewarded him with a painful death of AIDS in prison.

    I thank GOD I”m American and I don’t live in Iran . There are good people in Iran , I have met some that go to Portland State University . I hope women are outraged at this injustice.

  15. Well said Yan, vile humans, soo deluded, that they allow warped view of religious teachings, to dominate their decisions. Always against women, plain to see that these f****d up ideologies are used by men to put women down , this verdict again confirms this. What loving God would want people especially women to be treated like this, answer none!! How can anyone use religion to separate and segregate based on gender and other viewpoints, laughable if it was not so horrendous. Who gives them the right to kill anyone in the name of God. Isn’t that blasphemous in itself!!!!!!!

  16. Comment This was not a cool blooded murder,,, she wanted to save herself,,so how could you give death sentence for this guilty???

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