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Iran: Death sentence confirmed for young painter

AdnKronosInternational – An Iranian rights group said on Friday that a Tehran appeals court upheld a death sentence against Delara Darabi, 20, who allegedly killed a cousin three years ago when was minor.

On 22 January, Delara’s mother told Tehran daily Etemad that her daughter had tried to kill herself at the capital’s Evin prison where she is detained. Dozens of petitions have been made worldwide since Delara’s story caught the attention of the international media after a journalist who had been following her story organized a show with paintings Delara made during her imprisonment. Delara denies she killed her cousin.

The exhibition of her paintings, entitled ‘Prisoner of colours’, was organised by journalist Assieh Amini in October last year at Tehran’s Golestan gallery.

A minors’ tribunal sentenced the young woman to capital punishment for knifing to death her 17-year-old cousin with the help of a young man, 21, who was sentenced to ten years in jail. Delara’s attorney, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, has pleaded her innocence in the first trial and two appeal cases in vain.

Delara is one of 24 young Iranians who are awating to be executed for a crime they allegedly committed when they were minors.