PROTEST LOUDLY: Delara Darabi is scheduled to be EXECUTED in less than 2 DAYS
Delara Darabi is an Iranian girl at the risk of imminent execution for a murder which took place when she was 17 years old. She denies committing the crime.
Iran is a state party to international treaties that expressly prohibit the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by those under the age of 18.According to Delara the murder of her father's female cousin was committed by the 19 year old boyfriend that she was in love with.
Delara Darabi initially confessed to the murder, but soon retracted her confession.
She claims that Amir Hossein asked her to admit responsibility for the murder to protect him from execution, believing that as she was under the age of 18, she could not be sentenced to death.
Delara Darabi was sentenced to death by a lower court in the northern city of Rasht.
The sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court. She maintains her innocence, and has claimed that she was under the influence of sedatives during the burglary. At this stage the Head of the Judiciary has the power to order a stay of execution and a review of the case.
Amir Hossein has reportedly received a prison sentence of 10 years for his involvement in the crime.Amnesty International has made several public statements about Delara.
Delara is a talented painter artist and poet. She has used her paintings and poems to express her feelings. Last year there was an exhibition of her paintings in Tehran. Similar exhibition was held in Stockholm in April 2007Recently, Delara's father give a premmision to use her works without
copyrights in campaings for her
According to the Iranian Etemaad newspaper her death sentence has been
confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court and her execution may be imminent.
Her attorney is intending to appeal the verdict. In January 20, 2007 Delara attempted suicide by
cutting her wrists, however her cell-mate noticed the incident and called for help.
Delara's was rushed to the hospital, where she was revived.
Delara's physical and emotional health is still unstableDelara is a talented artist and has used paintings to express her feelings. The prison has taken away her art supplies and has been extremely hard on her. As a result she has become emaciated (35 kg) and has attempted suicide.
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