Posted by: bahareiran | December 1, 2010

Iran hangs woman accused of murdering love rival

Shahla Jahed had spent nine years in the notorious Evin prison

BBC, 1 December 2010 – Iran has executed a woman sentenced to death for murdering the first wife of a prominent footballer, her lawyer says.

Abdolsamad Khoramshahi said Shahla Jahed was hanged at 0500 local time (0130 GMT) at Tehran’s Evin prison, the official Irna news agency reported.

International human rights groups have campaigned for her release since she was jailed nine years ago.

The execution is the 146th in Iran this year, according to AFP news agency.

Jahed, who had been living with footballer Nasser Mohammad-khani in Tehran under a temporary marriage, was found guilty of stabbing to death his first wife, Laleh Saharkhizan, in 2002.

Malcolm Smart, Amnesty director for the Middle East and North Africa, said there are “strong grounds to believe that Shahla Jahed did not receive a fair trial, and may have been coerced into making a ‘confession’ during months of detention in solitary confinement”.

“She retracted that confession at her trial but the court chose to accept it as evidence against her,” he added in a statement.

The verdict was overturned in 2008 after the judiciary cited “procedural flaws” but Jahed was again sentenced to death in February 2009.

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