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Iran hangs woman for killing her alleged rapist
Iran hangs woman for killing her alleged rapist

Rejecting pleas from human rights groups, Iran on Saturday hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she had said was trying to rape her. Reyhaneh Jabbari,  27, was hanged at dawn, the official IRNA news agency reported. In a protracted court case, she had been convicted of premeditated murder in the 2007 stabbing death of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Intelligence Ministry. The court rejected her assertion that she acted in self-defense.  Jabbari was originally convicted in 2009, but the case was appealed to Iran’s Supreme Court, which upheld the sentence. She could have escaped the death penalty if the slain man’s family had agreed to...

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