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Iran Hangs Woman Despite High Court Ruling

Updated on May 4, 2009

Out of Control

Delara Darabi, was a vibrant 23 year old woman living in Rasht, Iran. She was hung in Rasht on Saturday who had received an unfair trial and was convicted of murder as a juvenile. She was only 17 when the nightmare began. The nightmare resulted in her being beaten and coerced to confess for a murder of her father's cousin. The true guilty party, her 19 yr old boyfriend, Amir, actually had the done the act.

After the trial, a top Iranian judge had agreed to a two month stay of execution to review it. During that she would remain in prison. Local authorities in Rasht, basically ignored it, and went ahead with the hanging. Iran's head of their judiciary has no control or authority over their own lower level judges.

On Friday, Delara called her parents in a frantic, she told them that she could see them preparing for her execution and the noose. She begged her mom to save her. Her attorney had only been informed after she was dead. This was in violation of Iran's own criminal law requiring that a 48 hrs notice must be given. All of this underhanded action by the local authorities was to avoid domestic and international protests which might have saved her life.

So far, Iran has executed 140 people this year and has executed 42 children since 1990. As for the male, true murderer, he got 10 yrs in prison.


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    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Horrifying, but then I am utterly anti death penalty altogether.

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      perrya 8 years ago

      Iranians are great people, but I simply cannot stand its leaders or government!

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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      As barbaric as capital punishment is, particularly in countries like Iran that do not provide REAL procedural and substantive safeguards against judicial and executive mistake and overreach, if the local authorities in Rasht who disobeyed the stay order of Iran's judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, were now subject to execution as penalty for their disobedience, Delara Darabi would still be alive and her case would be under judicial review.   

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      Sufidreamer 8 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Great Hub, Perry.

      I have always wanted to visit Iran, and have met many wonderful Iranian people.

      Shame about the idiots in the judiciary and the political system.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Capital punishment is barbaric wherever it is practised. This is yet another example of how a society which allows the death penalty is brutalised by it. So often the innocent die because of the bloodlust of the powerful, especially when there are few or no judicial safeguards.

      It is time for the world to say no to the death penalty.

      Love and peace