Woman is hanged after dying from a heart attack in Iran: Murderer’s execution goes ahead with corpse so victim’s mother could exercise her right to kick away chair from under her
- Zahra Ismaili was convicted of killing her husband, an intelligence official
- Her lawyer claimed the husband had been abusive to her and her daughter
- She passed out and died while waiting behind 16 condemned men to be hanged
- Ismaili was hung under sharia law of qisas (eye for an eye) for the victim’s mother
PUBLISHED: 08:57 GMT, 23 February 2021 | UPDATED: 09:15 GMT, 23 February 2021
A woman who died of a heart attack before she was due to be executed for murder in Iran has been hanged anyway so the victim’s mother could exercise her right to kick away the chair, her lawyer has claimed.
Zahra Ismaili was convicted of killing her husband, an Iranian intelligence official, who had allegedly been abusive to her and her daughter.
Her lawyer Omid Moradi described online how the mother-of-two was forced to wait in line at the gallows behind 16 condemned men and watch as they were hanged.
Ismaili passed out and suffered a heart attack, but they took her up the scaffold and hanged her from a noose so that the victim’s mother could kick a chair from under her lifeless legs.
The concession was granted under the sharia law of qisas (‘eye for an eye’), a doctrine which grants the victim or victim’s family the right to retributive justice.
Ismaili was hanged in the notoriously brutal Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday in the town of Karaj, around 20 miles west of Tehran.
The Islamic Republic is second only China in its use of capital punishment.
But even by Iran’s standards, a mass execution of 17 people in one day is uncommo