Iranian Female Artist Hanged Amid Uproar

Execution follows retracted confession for alleged murder
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2009 8:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – International supporters yesterday criticized the execution of an Iranian woman for a murder allegedly committed when she was a juvenile, despite a 2-month stay of execution ordered less than 3 weeks ago, the Telegraph reports. Her lawyer wasn’t notified 48 hours before the hanging, as is required. Delara Darabi’s paintings, made while in jail, helped raise the international profile of the artist's case.

Darabi, 23, said she initially confessed to the murder to protect her boyfriend, and later retracted the confession. “Amnesty International does not consider her trial to have been fair, as the courts later refused to consider new evidence which the lawyer said would have proved she could not have committed the murder,” the organization said.