IRAN. NAZANIN DEATH PENALTY OVERTURNED, NEW TRIAL TO BE HELD
May 31, 2006: the Iranian Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Nazanin, overturning the death sentence handed down to her for having killed her attempted rapist, the 'Sharq' daily reported.
Nazanin, who has been imprisoned for over a year, was sentenced to hang in January this year.
She claimed self defence during her trial after she stabbed a man to death in March 2005. Nazanin, who was 17 at the time, had been out with her niece and their boyfriends on a road west of Tehran when two men started harassing them and then tried to rape them after the boyfriends had run away.
"I committed murder to defend myself and my niece, I did not mean to kill him. I did not know what to do because nobody came to help us," she was quoted as saying during her trial. (Sources: Ansa, 31/05/2006)