Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran postpones execution of woman due to hang for murder of her alleged attempted rapist

Ms Jabbari has been imprisoned for seven years

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The execution of an Iranian woman who was due to be hung for the murder of a man who allegedly attempted to rape her has been postponed for ten days.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

She was sentenced to death by a Tehran court in 2009 and her execution verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. Her case drew international outcry and sparked a petition urging her release, which has garnered over 190,000 signatures.

The 26-year-old was due to be executed today but Amnesty International told The Independent sources have informed them that Ms Jabbari has been granted a last minute stay of execution.

It is not yet known why her execution has been postponed.

A spokesperson for Amnesty said:"We're obviously extremely relieved that Reyhaneh is out of immediate danger, but we're calling on the Iranian authorities to confirm that she won't be hanged in a week and a half's time and that instead there will be a full review of the deeply-flawed original investigation into her case."

Ms Jabbari’s mother Shole Paravan published a Facebook post on Monday saying authorities in Iran’s notorious Evin prison told her she would have to go to the facility to “collect the body” tomorrow.

Amnesty understands Ms Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man once from the back but said another man killed Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. The group said her claim is believed to have never been properly investigated.