Washington: Iran has reportedly postponed the execution of a woman who was to be put to death on Tuesday for allegedly killing her attempted rapist.
According to FOX News, the mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, said that the execution was postponed at the last minute and that word came after Pakravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari’s farewell.
Jabbari, who was to be hanged seven years after being sentenced to death for allegedly stabbing a man she says tried to rape her, called up her mother to bid her goodbye after a prison guard gave her his cellphone before she was taken to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to be executed.
Following worldwide criticism and an international petition with almost 200,000 signatures, a court had earlier postponed Jabbari’s execution.
The news of her execution came amid Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
Jabbari was convicted of the 2007 fatal stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.
Jabbari, who was then 19 and worked as a decorator, had agreed to go to Sarbandi’s office to discuss a business deal.
She claimed that the man offered her a drink laced with drugs and tried to rape her after taking her to a rundown building in a remote location, following which she stabbed him with a small pocket knife and fled while he bled to death.