Iran has executed a 27-year-old woman convicted for killing a man who she said tried to sexually abuse her.
Reyhaneh Jabbari (pictured above) was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.
In 2009 she was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Tehran in what Amnesty International said was a "deeply flawed investigation and trial".
She was hanged today, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran prosecutor's office as saying.
The incident - which took place two years earlier in 2007, when Jabbari was just 19-years-old - occurred when Sarbandi met the former decorator in a cafe and convinced her to visit his office to discuss a business deal.
While there Sarbandi allegedly drugged and attempted to rape Jabbari, who grabbed a pocket knife and stabbed the civil servant - fleeing the scene as he bled to death.
Court ruled that she killed Morteza on purpose because she had bought the knife two days before she stabbed him in the back with it. In her defence, Reyhaney said she'd stabbed the man out of self defence. The court overruled her claims and sentenced her to death, a ruling which was upheld by Iran's Supreme court.
A message posted on the homepage of a Facebook campaign that was set up to try to save her, but which now states "Rest in Peace," appeared to confirm the report.
Efforts for clemency had intensified in recent weeks. Jabbari's mother was allowed to visit her for one hour on Friday, Amnesty International said, a custom that tends to precede executions in Iran.
Her execution was due to be carried out on September 30 but was postponed for 10 days.
Hanging is brutal. It should have no place in the modern world. This is so sad. May she rest in peace.