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       Comunità di Sant'Egidio

 Afsaneh Nouroozi

 Iran

32 years old

Sentenced to death

04/11/03 - Afsaneh Noruzi was spared from execution (see our urgent appeal). The head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahrudi, ordered that the death sentence be lifted. (IT-EN)


Her story

In 1997, Afsaneh was passing a holiday with her husband in the Isle of Kish. Their apartment was close to a local policeman's one. The man was a friend of theirs. One day he assailed Afsaneh trying to rape her, in a moment she was alone at home. She stabbed him deadly, acting to defend herself from his assault. Then she was arrested and sentenced to death for the first time in 2001. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence on September 28th 2003, denying the self-defence on her behalf. Now she is detained in Bandar Abbas prison, in southern Iran, which is a jail sadly renowned for its poor conditions. Afsaneh's lawyers are determined to ask the opening of a new inquiry that could prove the need to protect herself from the violence she was encountering.

 

The appeal to save Afsaneh

The Community of Sant'Egidio invites everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare Afsaneh's life from the execution, sending the following statement to His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamanei, Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, by e-mail.

 

URGENT APPEAL BROUGHT IN BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT'EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF AFSANEH NOUROOZI, SENTENCED TO DEATH

 

Your Excellency

 We are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling that sentenced to death Mrs. Afsaneh Nouroozi, even tough she acted in self-defence to escape an impending rape. We urge you to intervene on her behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment from being meted out against her. We implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out. 

Respectfully yours

(signature and date)

 

Address:

 

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed’ Ali Khamenei

Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran

e-mail: [email protected]