A young Iranian woman, who stabbed her attacker to avoid being raped, may be hanged in the next few weeks unless she changes her testimony. Reyhaneh Jabbari was convicted of murder by an Iranian court in 2007, after police forced a confession from her, believed to have been extracted under torture.
Jabbari, who was 19 at the time of the incident, has said that she did not mean to kill Moreteza Abdolai Sarbandi, but only to defend herself and escape his advances.
Under Iranian law, a capital punishment sentence can be commuted by family members of the victim. In Jabbari’s case, Sarbandi’s son has said he will grant Jabbari clemency if she apologizes to Sarbandi’s family and confesses that Sarbandi did not sexually assault her and that she had premeditated the murder, using her boyfriend as an accomplice.