US condemns Iranian woman's execution

The UN and international rights groups said that Reyhaneh Jabbari's trial in 2009 was deeply flawed and that her confession for the murder of a former intelligence official was obtained under intense pressure by Iranian authorities“We condemn this morning’s execution in Iran of Reyhaneh Jabbari,” said the statement by State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said there were “serious concerns with the fairness of the trial and the circumstances surrounding this case.” Jabbari, 26, who had been on death row for five years, was put to death at dawn, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran prosecutor’s office as saying. “Iranian authorities proceeded with this execution despite pleas from Iranian human rights activists and an international outcry over this case,” Psaki said. “We join our voice with those who call on Iran to respect the fair trial guarantees afforded to its people under Iran’s own laws and its international obligations.”

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