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Iranian Rape Victim Faces Hanging If She Doesn't Apologize

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An Iranian rape victim will be hanged if she doesn’t apologize to her attacker’s family for making a sexual assault claim.

Moreteza Abdolai Sarbandi, an Iranian intelligence agent, told 19-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, an interior designer, that he wanted her help on a job when he lured her to an apartment and attacked her in 2007.

Jabbari, now 26, stabbed Sarbandi to death during the alleged sexual assault. She claims the murder was in self-defense.

Now Sarbandi’s son, who has the power to grant clemency to Jabbari, says he won’t do it if she doesn’t apologize and expose her “true intentions,” The Telegraph reported.

Jalal Sarbandi says she must tell his version of the events: that there was a second man in the apartment at the time of the alleged assault and that Jabbari had planned to murder his father. He claims Jabbari had sent a text to her boyfriend saying she would kill Sarbandi.

"Only when her true intentions are exposed and she tells the truth about her accomplice and what really went down will we be prepared to grant mercy," he said.

Jabbari was convicted of murder and sentenced to hanging after the 2007 incident. In Iran, the family of the victim is given the power of clemency in capital murder cases.

Sources: New York Daily News, The Telegraph

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