NCRI - A large gathering was held on Sunday at Tehran's Behesht Zahra Cemetery to mark the first anniversary of the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari.

Iran's fundamentalist regime last year executed Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old woman whose crime was defending herself against an intelligence agent who had attempted to rape her.

Despite a clampdown on anti-regime gatherings and a heightened security presence around Reyhaneh’s grave, brave Iranians, including the families of the martyrs of the 1980s prison massacre and the 2009 anti-regime uprising, took part in the ceremony. Among the attendees were Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Chancellor of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution, and Ms. Gohar Eshghi, the mother of dissident web-logger Sattar Beheshti who was tortured to death in prison in 2012. 

Plainclothes agents of the regime photographed the attendees on their departure.

When she was just 19 years old, Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari was working as a decorator when she was forced to defend herself against an assault by the intelligence agent. She was jailed for seven years and was executed on October 25, 2014 despite an international campaign to save her.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi said at the time that Ms. Jabbari's execution had political motives and that it was unlawful even in the framework of the mullahs’ medieval laws. Mrs. Rajavi called for an independent international probe into the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari as an example of arbitrary, extrajudicial and criminal death sentences in Iran that have taken on added dimensions since Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the regime’s President.

 

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