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Startseite Urgent Actions 2016 10 Imminent execution of 22-year-old Iranian woman Iranian Kurdish woman Zeinab Sekaanvand executed
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Iranian Kurdish woman Zeinab Sekaanvand executed


24-year old Iranian Kurdish woman Zeinab Sekaanvand was executed early on 2 October. Zeinab was moved out of her cell on 1 October and taken to solitary confinement in preparation for her execution. Her family was contacted by prison authorities and told to go to the prison on 1 October for a final visit, when they were informed that she was scheduled for execution on 2 October.

Zeinab Sekaanvand was sentenced to death under qesas (retribution in kind) in October 2014 after a grossly unfair trial before a criminal court in West Azerbaijan province, which convicted her of the murder of her husband. She “confessed” that she stabbed her husband after he had subjected her to months of physical and verbal abuse and had refused her requests for divorce. She was only provided with a state-appointed lawyer at her final trial session, at which point she retracted her “confession”, telling the judge that her husband’s brother, whom she said had raped her several times, had committed the murder. She said that he told her that, if she accepted responsibility, he would pardon her (under Islamic law, murder victims’ relatives have the power to pardon the offender and accept financial compensation instead).

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

Many thanks to all who sent appeals and who took action on Zeinab’s behalf. No further action is requested from the UA network. We will issue an official stop action in the coming week.

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