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Iran rejects West remarks on Jabbari case

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Tehran says the death sentence against Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari which was carried out a few days ago had gone through the legal process, dismissing as meddlesome remarks by some Western officials regarding the case.

“Meddling in a judicial case which has gone through full legal proceedings under the due process of law and in which the right of appeal has been granted is unacceptable,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday.

Jabbari was convicted of murdering a man in a criminal case seven years ago.

“The case has gone through the legal proceedings under the legal system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in accordance with the duties entrusted to the judicial system by the legislature,” Afkham added.

Jabbari was hanged in the early hours of Saturday after being found guilty of killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in July 2007.

Tehran’s public prosecutor confirmed the execution in a Saturday statement and noted that Jabbari had preplanned the murder and purchased the knife to kill Sarbandi two days prior to the incident.

Afkham made the remarks in response to interventionist comments by officials from some Western countries, including the United States and Britain, after Jabbari’s execution.

The 26-year-old woman had confessed to the murder, claiming that she had stabbed the man to death to defend herself against attempted rape, but her claims were rejected based on further investigations and crime scene evidence.

Jabbari had been granted a stay of execution earlier this month in order to give her lawyer more time to convince the victim’s family to pardon her.

Under Islamic law, a convicted murderer is put to death if the victim’s family demands execution.

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