Iran Executes Gifted Artist Delara Darabi

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran execution provokes outrage.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Tehran says that early on Friday morning Delara Darabi made a desperate phone call to her parents, saying she could see the hangman’s noose.

“Mother they are going to execute me, please save me,” she said, before a prison official took the phone away and said: “We are going to execute your daughter and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Yesterday, Delara Darabi was hanged in Iran for murder. She was 23 years old. The murder was committed when she was 17 years old. Derabi initially confessed to the crime, taking the blame for her boyfriend, believing that as she was a minor she would receive a lesser punishment and save him from the gallows. She was dead wrong. He got ten years. She was sentenced to death.

Amnesty International and other human rights groups do not consider Delara Darabi’s  trial to have been fair and claim that the Iranian judiciary ignored evidence that would have proven her innocence.

The execution of Delara Darabi brings the number of executions in Iran this year to 140. She is the second woman known to have been executed. Iran has executed at least forty two juvenile offenders since 1990, eight of them in 2008 and one on 21 January 2009, in total disregard of international law, which unequivocally bans the execution of those convicted of crimes committed when under the age of 18. Amnesty International

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