Amnesty International - URGENT ACTION
Date: 11 April 2014
The death sentence of Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari has been sent to the Office of Implementation of Sentences in Tehran, Iran.
Once death sentences have gone to this body, they may be carried out at any time.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, aged 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Reyhaneh Jabbari confessed to the murder immediately after her arrest, though she did not have a lawyer present at the time she made her confession.
She stated that the murder took place in self-defence.
Following her arrest, Reyhaneh Jabbari was held in solitary confinement for two months in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where she did not have access to a lawyer or her family.
Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death under qesas (“retribution-in-kind”) by a criminal court in Tehran in 2009.
The death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court the same year. Her family was told in March 2014 that the sentence had gone for implementation.
Under Iranian law, before the execution is carried out, the defendant’s lawyer must be notified 48 hours in advance. Sentences of qesas are not open to pardon or amnesty by the Supreme Leader.
Amnesty International believes that Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi’s association with the Ministry of Intelligence may have affected the impartiality of the court’s investigation. Please write immediately in Persian, English, Arabic or your own language: