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Iran football star’s wife hanged after eight-year campaign to save her life


 

Iran football star’s wife hanged after eight-year campaign to save her life

Iran on Wednesday hanged the "temporary wife" of one of its leading football stars despite an eight-year campaign to save her life.

Iran football star's wife hanged after eight-year campaign to save her life

Shahla Jahed’s case was held up by human rights groups, including Amnesty International, as an example of flaws in the Iranian judicial system Photo: REUTERS

By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent 4:13PM GMT 01 Dec 2010

Shahla Jahed was executed at dawn at Evin Prison in the capital Tehran still protesting her innocence of the murder of Laleh Saharkhizan, the first wife of Nasser Mohammad Khani, a national team striker from the 1980s.

State media said Mr Khani attended the execution. Before it took place, the condemned woman was said to have prayed in public, then burst into tears and made a final plea to be spared.

The brother of the murdered woman carried out the final act by pulling the chair on which she was standing away from under her.

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Her family had refused last-minute pleas at the entrance of the jail from both judicial officials and a campaign group of artists and activists to commute the sentence.

Miss Jahed’s case was held up by human rights groups, including Amnesty International, as an example of flaws in the Iranian judicial system.

The main evidence against her was a confession which she retracted immediately she was brought to court, and Iranian judicial experts also questioned the strength of the conviction.

Mr Khani himself was in Germany with Persepolis, Tehran’s leading football team which he was then managing, at the time of the stabbing in 2002.

He said in an interview beforehand that he supported the execution.

"Whatever my children and Laleh’s mother say is OK with me," he was quoted as saying. "The killer of my wife should get the appropriate punishment."

Temporary or informal marriages are a common means of getting around strict Islamic codes of sexual conduct in a number of countries, including both Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Iran football star’s wife hanged after eight-year campaign to save her life – Telegraph

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