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LONDON: The lawyer for an Iranian woman who died of a heart attack moments before her hanging said the execution was carried out anyway to appease the family of her alleged victim.

Zahra Ismaili was found guilty of murdering her husband Alireza Zamani, but her lawyer Omid Moradi said she was defending herself against violence.

Moradi, who said Zamani was an intelligence ministry official, posted a description of his client’s ordeal online.

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He said Ismaili was one of a line of people preparing for execution, behind 16 men, and while watching them hang in front of her, she had a heart attack and died.

According to Moradi, the execution took place again so that Zamani’s mother could commit the act of kicking the chair under her.

The execution, which took place in the infamous Rajai Shahr prison, has been condemned by human rights activists and analysts.

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Anglo-Australian scholar who was recently released from prison in Iran, called the execution “horrific”.

Kasra Aarabi, an analyst at the Tony Blair Institute, said the murder was “really barbaric. World leaders must speak out. “

Javaid Rehman, the UN rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said in a recent report that 233 people were executed in the country in 2020, including three prisoners who were children at the time of their alleged offenses. .

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