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Urgent: Zeynab Jalalian faces Danger of Execution!

Monday 28 June 2010


Change for Equality: Iran’s Supreme Court approved the death sentence by execution of Zeynab Jalalian in November 2009. The sentence has been submitted to the implementation office and is scheduled to be carried out. The exact date and time when the sentence will be implemented is unclear, but it may take place in a matter of hours or days. Khalil Bahramian, a prominent lawyer, who has represented others sentenced to death, and who efforts to represent Zeynab by the courts was rejected, explained in news reports yesterday that Zeynab faces imminent execution and may be hanged in only a few hours.

Zeynab Jalalian, from Maku, a town in the north-west of Iran, was sentenced to death for “Enmity against God” in January 2009 by the Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. Before that, she had spent eight months in a Ministry of Intelligence detention facility, during which time her family had no information concerning her fate. She is reported not to have been granted access to a lawyer during her trial, which she said lasted only a few minutes. Zeynab Jalalian’s death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 26 November 2009.

In early March 2010, Zeynab Jalalian was moved from Kermanshah Prison to an unknown location, possibly a detention facility of the Ministry of Intelligence. After several weeks, in late March 2010, she was transferred to Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran.

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