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Iran woman on death row for murder to get mercy from family if she tells 'the truth'

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:56 PM
 A picture taken on July 8, 2007 shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Teheran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - An Iranian woman on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official could be forgiven if "she tells the truth", the son of her alleged victim said on Saturday.

Interior designer Reyhaneh Jabbari has been sentenced to death for the 2007 slaying of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, which a United Nations human rights monitor claims was done in self-defence against a potential rapist.

Judiciary officials say there is no date yet for her execution but her lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi warned last week it could be "carried out within a month". Mr Jalal, Sarbandi's eldest son, told Iranian reformist dailies Shargh and Etemad that his family "will not even contemplate mercy until truth is unearthed".

"Only when her true intentions are exposed and she tells the truth about her accomplice and what really went down will we be prepared to grant mercy," he said.

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