Iran executes woman after 'deeply flawed' investigation

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Iran executes woman after 'deeply flawed' investigation

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Iran has executed a woman who had killed a man she said tried to rape her.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in Tehran on Saturday despite an international campaign calling for clemency.

She had been in prison for seven years convicted of killing a former Iranian intelligence officer who reportedly tried to rape her.

Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s human rights rapporteur on Iran, said the killing of the officer was an act of self-defence after he tried to sexually assault Jabbari.

Reyhaneh admitted to stabbing the man once but always said a third person had been involved.

Amnesty International said these claims, which could have clear her name, do not appear to have been properly investigated.

It described the investigation and trial “deeply flawed”.