Reported Pending Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2014


We are deeply troubled by reports that Iranian authorities are finalizing plans to execute Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said she stabbed in self-defense during a sexual assault. Such an execution would mark a severe violation of the fair trial guarantees afforded to Ms. Jabbari under Iranian law and Iran’s international obligations. While we note reports that the execution may have been postponed, serious concerns remain about the integrity of the legal case against Ms. Jabbari, including reports of confessions made under severe duress. We call for the relevant authorities to reexamine the evidence in this case with utmost transparency.