• Editor's Note: Sadly, Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed by hanging on October 25, 2014.

Reyhaneh Jabbari's first lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, had apparently made it clear that Jabbari's death sentence was signed by the courts even after the evidence had been destroyed or went "missing." Possibly those who signed her death sentence in the Islamic Republic of Iran are not even sure of Jabbari's guilt themselves, or could be just trying to blame her for the murder, regardless.

Reyhaneh Jabbari in court.

As the campaign to save Jabbari's life progressed, there were misleading statements given by the family of the victim, Morteza Sarbandi, and their lawyers about the details of the case. The untrue nature of these statements has forced Mostafaei to publish a detailed response.

For example, since the campaign began, the knife in question has "become" larger and larger. Now the lawyers of Sarbandi's family are claiming that the knife was half a meter long, up from from the 15cm originally recorded. Additionally, it has been claimed by Sarbandi's family that the drink on the table, which forensics confirmed contained sedatives, did not contain sedatives but laxatives. It is now being said that Sarbandi, instead of assaulting Jabbari, was stabbed while performing Muslim prayers

As Jabbari's death sentence was not cancelled by the courts of the Islamic Republic, the Campaign to Save Rayhaneh will continue full force. We stand against executions, and ask that Jabbari's death sentence be officially overturned by the courts. We ask that the death of Morteza Sarbandi be investigated in a fair trial, as described by international standards.

Please continue to help us save her.

Nazanin Afshin Jam
Shadi Paveh
Shabnam Assadollahi
Mina Ahadi

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