Nazanin Fatehi was sentenced to death a year ago, on 3 January 2006, after admitting having stabbed to death one of three men who tried to rape her and a 16-year-old relative. She was 17 at the time. . . . Under Iranian law, self-defence is a valid defence in a murder trial, but its application depends largely on the circumstances. Negar Azmudeh, a Canadian lawyer who has previously spoken out on Ms. Fatehi's case, said that the fact that she and her niece were in a park in the evening may have some bearing on whether the defence is considered valid.
*Disclaimer: Yes, this is a fabulous human rights victory! BUT read critically, and don't confuse Iranian law with Islamic law as the two aren't one in the same in all respects.*
Friday, January 26, 2007