MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Despite international protests, Iran hanged 26-year old Reyhaneh Jabbari Saturday, arrested several years ago after she killed a man formerly working for the Iranian intelligence, who she claimed tried to sexually abuse her.
"With sad news, Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed early hours of [Saturday] morning," the Facebook homepage dedicated to campaigning against the execution "Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran" stated.
Jabbari was hanged despite more active calls for the execution to be dropped in the recent weeks by human rights organizations and the international community.
"The death penalty is a despicable punishment that is both cruel and inhumane. Applying such a punishment in any circumstances is an affront to justice, but doing so after a flawed trial that leaves huge questions hanging over the case only makes it more tragic," Amnesty International stated on Friday, in a last attempt to stop the execution.
Jabbari was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death in 2009 in Tehran, what Amnesty called a "deeply flawed investigation". She admitted to stabbing Morteza Sarbandi in self-defense but claimed that a man who was also in the house during the incident killed the man.
As is customary in Iran preceding executions, Jabbari's mother was allowed to see her daughter for one hour on Friday. But the authorities did not offer any further details to the family regarding the execution, according to Amnesty.
Based on the organizations estimations, Iran has performed more than 369 executions in 2013, and more than 250 have been performed this year, according to a report published in June by the United Nations.