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An Iranian woman is due to be executed for killing her lover’s wife

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 1, 2010

Citing Iranian media reports, the human rights group said the lawyer of Khadijeh “Shala” Jahed has said she is to be executed in Tehran’s Evin prison at dawn, and that she maintained her innocence.

Her case has become a cause celebre in the Islamic republic. She was found guilty in 2002 of killing Laleh Saharkhizan, the wife of footballer Nasser Mohammad Khani, who rose to fame in the mid-80s. She has been in prison ever since.

“Shahla Jahed must be spared execution. The death penalty represents the ultimate denial of human rights,” Malcolm Smart, Amnesty director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

“As well, in this case, there are good reasons to suggest that she may have been wrongly convicted.”

Amnesty said Jahed, who had contracted a temporary marriage with Nasser Mohammad Khani, essentially becoming his mistress, was convicted of stabbing to death her husband’s “permanent wife”.

Amnesty said Jahed’s lawyer had requested a review of the execution order arguing that the case had not been properly investigated.

In the Shia faith that is the majority religion in Iran, men and women can marry for an agreed period of time. Afterwards, the marriage is null and void, although it can be renewed.

Men can have up to four permanent wives, and any number of temporary wives. Women can only be married to one man at a time.

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