Target: Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei
Goal: Halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari
A woman who killed a man in self-defense is being sentenced to death. Lawyers and human rights organizations believe that the trial conducted on her behalf was an unfair and biased one, with the sole intent of committing this woman to death. Tell Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to halt this execution and give this woman a fair and transparent trial.
Reyhaneh Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of doctor Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. Jabbari stated that the doctor intended to sexually assault her, and she stabbed him in the neck out of self-defense. She also stated that a third person in the room could have also been responsible for the death of Sarbandi. It was believed that Jabbari was going to be sentenced in September, 2014 when she was moved to a prison in west Tehran without notifying her family. Jabbari has been moved back to her original prison, but her death sentence is imminent. Prison authorities contacted Jabbari’s mother and informed her to say good-bye to her daughter for the last time.
This case has been rife with bias and unfair proceedings. Jabbari’s lawyer informed Human Rights Watch that in the six months he was working on this case, he only saw his client twice. Jabbari was also placed in solitary confinement for two months without access to either her lawyer or her family. Despite this death sentence, Tehran’s prosecutor’s office is still reviewing the case, but nothing substantial has turned up to halt the execution.
The glaring errors in this trial are obvious. Tell Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to halt this execution immediately, as it violates a persons’ right to a fair and transparent trial. Iran’s court system should have allowed Jabbari access to her lawyer and family, instead of confining her away to rot.
Dear Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,
The case involving Reyhaneh Jabbari has sparked outrage among the human rights community, as she did not get access to a lawyer or receive a fair trial. She stated she acted in self-defense, and yet little investigation was done to seek the truth of her words. This woman is being punished because of a biased court system.
I demand that you halt this execution immediately and conduct a retrial. Jabbari deserves the chance to properly fight for her case, and your country is taking that away from her. Many lives have been taken in Iran due to unfair trials, and I urge you not to repeat this mistake again.
[Your Name Here]
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