Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reactions to heartbreaking last message of hanged Iranian woman to her mother

Rayhannah Jabbari, 26, was executed for the fatal 2007 stabbing of an intelligence officer, who she said was trying to rape her

Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari

In this picture taken on July 8, 2007, Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari stands handcuffed in a police office in Tehran, Iran

Rayhannah Jabbari, the 26-year-old Iranian woman who was executed on Saturday for murdering an intelligence officer who tried to rape her, left a heartbreaking message to her mother that moved many on Twitter.

In the message Jabbari asked her mother to make sure her organs would be donated.

As AFP reported on Saturday, the execution drew condemnation from the United States and human rights monitor Amnesty International, which dubbed it "a bloody stain on Iran's human rights record" and "an affront to justice."

A message posted on the homepage of a Facebook campaign set up to try to save Jabbari noted the "sad news" of her death, adding the words "Rest in Peace" alongside pictures of her as a young child.

Jabbari, an interior designer, was executed for the fatal 2007 stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi.

In the voice message Jabbari recorded for her mother in April she was largely calm; in it she seems was resigned to her fate after being on death row for five years, as the Guardian reported.

"Dear Sholeh,” she said in her message or will, “today I learned that it is now my turn to face Qisas (the Iranian regime's law of retribution). I am hurt as to why you did not let me know yourself that I have reached the last page of the book of my life."

On Twitter, people agreed that Jabbari's execution was Iran's shame.

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 While others criticised the hypocrisy of those who started a hashtag for Alan Henning, the British citizen who was executed by IS militants.

I wonder if British "Muslims" will start a hashtag for Reyhana Jabbari and hold an event commemorating her life as they did with Henning

 The 26-year-old emphasised in the letter to her mother that she wishes to gift away her organs to people who need them.

She said: “I don’t want to rot under the soil. I don’t want my eye or my young heart to turn into dust.

“Beg so that it is arranged that as soon as I am hanged my heart, kidney, eye, bones and anything that can be transplanted be taken away from my body and given to someone who needs them as a gift.”

Jabbari lastly told her mother: "Being presented in court made me appear as a cold-blooded murderer and a ruthless criminal. I shed no tears. I did not beg. I did not cry my head off since I trusted the law.

But I was charged with being indifferent in face of a crime. You see, I didn't even kill the mosquitoes and I threw away the cockroaches by taking them by their antennas. Now I have become a premeditated murderer."