EQUAL RIGHTS NOW
ORGANISATION AGAINST WOMEN'S DISCRIMINATION IN IRAN
We will not allow Shahla and Delara to be killed
Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women's Discrimination in Iran and the International Committee Against Executions have in recent weeks stepped up their campaign against the impending execution orders against Delara Darabi and Shahla Jahed. According to Mina Ahadi, a spokesperson for both organisations, ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to execute them many times. Widespread domestic and international protests have been the most important factor in saving them from execution. More than 22 judges have sentenced Shahla Jahed to death but they haven't been able to kill her yet because of this opposition. We must keep the pressure on.'
Delara Darabi, is a young artist who has been in Rasht prison for the last 5 years. Her lawyer, Abdolsamad Khoramshahi, is convinced that if she were to be given a new trial whereby they could re-enact the scene of the crime, it would be easily proven that Delara is innocent of the alleged murder she was convicted of. Khoramshahi has said many times that he has new evidence including the crime being committed by a right handed person whereas Delara is left-handed.
In 2007, Stop Child Executions produced a 10 minute documentary about Delara which can be viewed here.
Shahla Jahed was a ‘temporary' wife to Nasser Mohammad-Khani, a former Iranian national footballer. Shahla was accused of killing his wife, Laleh Saharkhizan on 9 October 2002. Shahla was said to have confessed to the murder of Laleh Saharkhizan during the initial investigation, but during her trial consistently upheld her innocence. In December 2004, on being told of a previous Supreme Court ruling in the case, Shahla said, “Everyone knows the conditions under which I confessed.”
To oppose the execution of Delara and Shahla, please send letters or emails to the Islamic regime of Iran 's authorities.
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