Iran urged to halt execution of woman

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Iran has been urged by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, to halt immediately the execution of a woman that is due to take place on Tuesday.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, an interior designer by profession, was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.

The case has raised a number of legal concerns.

The UN Human Rights Office said that according to reliable sources, Mr Sarbandi hired Ms Jabbari in July 2007 to redesign his office.

He arranged to take her to his office, but instead took her to a residence where he allegedly physically and sexually forced himself upon her.

Ms Jabbari reportedly stabbed Mr Sarbandi in the shoulder in self-defence.

The Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, said the Iranian authorities should review her case and refer it back to court for a re-trial.

Over 170 people including at least two women have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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