An Iranian woman who died of a heart attack shortly before her execution last week was hanged anyway to placate her alleged victim’s mother, her lawyer said.
Zahra Ismaili had been convicted of murder for killing her husband. Ismaili’s lawyer, Omid Moradi, said her husband was abusive and that she killed him out of self-defense, The Times reported.
Moradi said Ismaili was sent to be hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison, in the town of Karaj, near Tehran.
She was forced to wait behind 16 men who were executed and watch. While in line, she collapsed, apparently from a heart attack, and died.
Her lifeless body was hanged anyway so her husband’s mother could kick the chair out from under her legs, which was considered her right.
Omid Moradi, the lawyer of a woman recently executed in #Iran says she suffered a fatal stroke after witnessing 16 men being hanged & authorities hanged her dead body. #ZahraEsmaili mother of 2 was found guilty of killing her husband who was a high ranking intel official. pic.twitter.com/9tnNObXGyF
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) February 19, 2021
Her cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrest,” according to Al-Arabiya.
The woman’s husband, Alireza Zamani was an official in the Iranian intelligence ministry, Moradi said. The couple had two children.
Iran executes more people than any country besides China. The UN said Iran executed at least 233 people in 2020, including at least three who were minors at the time of their alleged offenses.