Iranian Rape Victim Nazanin Fatehi Cleared of Murder Charges
Iranian authorities had sentenced her previously to death for murdering an attacker during an attempted rape.
Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Mina Ahadi spoke with Nazanin Fatehi’s lawyers today regarding her retrial that took place on January 10th 2007.
They have received verbal confirmation from the court that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder. The incident that took place in March 2005 has been recognized as an act of self-defense, however the court has ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying to defend herself and her 15-year old niece. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay “dieh” (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased. Once this amount is paid, Nazanin can be released from prison.
This is wonderful news for those who have been following this outrageous story.
Earlier this week, Egyptian Imad Kabir was sentenced to three months in jail for “resisting arrest” as he was being sexually abused in an Egyptian jail while the whole violent scene was caught on film.
And… Or Does It Explode reports the story from Saudi Arabia of the gang rape victim who was sentenced to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married.