An Iranian woman died of a heart attack while waiting to be executed, but her body was still hanging so her victim’s mother could look at, according to her lawyer.
Zahra Ismaili was waiting her turn by hanging last Wednesday for killing her husband, a top Intelligence Ministry agent whom she had accused of abusive, according to The Times of London.
She fell dead after being forced to watch 16 men hanged in front of her, according to a message from her lawyer, Omid Moradi, shared by the British newspaper and the Iran Human Rights Monitor (HRM).
“Zahra’s heart stopped and she died before she was hanged,” Moradi wrote, reportedly, saying the official cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrest.”
“They hung her lifeless body, and the victim’s mother, Fatemeh Asal-Mahi, personally kicked the stool from under her feet so that she could see the corpse of her daughter-in-law hanging even for a few seconds,” she wrote in the Post. eliminated since then, according to the media.
The body was hanged at dawn in Rajai Shahr Prison, a notoriously harsh jail in Karaj, a suburb of the capital Tehran, media said.
Moradi had insisted that Ismaili acted in self-defense to save herself and her children when she killed her husband, Alireza Zamani, the UK Times said.
The Islamic Republic has carried out many death sentences in recent weeks, but executing 17 people together is extreme even by Iranian standards, the British newspaper noted.
Ismaili is one of three women killed last week, for which 114 women were executed during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, which began in 2013, according to Iran’s HRM.