Details of illegal and inhumane execution of Safiyeh Gafuri

Source: Universal Tolerance, July 14, 2012

By: Mohammad Mostafaei and Noory Fakhry

Wednesday, Safiyeh Gafuri was arranged to be executed. She was asked from her solitary confinement that she had a meeting, she did not say goodbye to any of her friends. Attorney general of Shiraz, who insisted Safiyeh to be executed, ordered her execution.

Everything was ready for her execution, while she was severely crying, they took her to the gallows and at that moment for the first time she said; “I was not the murderer and it was the other person who was the main perpetrator and I was used as a tool. I was innocent and please listen to me”. She appealed so much that the authority in charge of execution changed his mind and stopped the execution.

Mr. Bahraini, responsible for execution, did not want to execute her. Because he knew that Safiyeh was not guilty. Safiyeh was returned to her solitary confinement. Mr. Bahraini explained all the events at the time of execution for his friends.

Despite, Mr. Bahraini did not want to execute her, but finally after many calls from authorities, the attorney general of Shiraz ordered again that she must be executed as soon as possible.

Mr. Bahraini emphasized that a new legal procedure is necessary for her execution, but he was threatened by legal authorities and Shiraz’s intelligence forces.

According to law when a convicted to death, in the time of execution would claim that another person is guilty not him/her, the legal authorities must stop the execution and must investigate the claim. But in this case nothing has done about this. In addition, in the time of execution, no doctor was present and no rituals were performed.

Thursday that is holiday in Iran Safiyeh was requested again. But, this time she never thought that she would be executed in the holiday. They took her to the place of execution, by seeing the rope she fainted. If a doctor was present there, he/she did not allow her execution, but after gaining conscious, two soldiers took her hands and brought her to the gallows and hanged her, a few moments later everything was dark and Safiyeh was gone.

On Tuesday, in my personal website I explained some aspects of Safiyeh’s case such as; in jail she was raped and she was compelled to abort her pregnancy. After discussing these subjects, several persons from the village of Safiyeh contacted me and unanimously said that Safiyeh was not the main murderer, the main murderer was Mr. Golami Njad, the groom of a local cleric.

Golami Nejad, an employee of a local bank had a relationship with Safiyeh. Rahimeh a 14 years old girl realized their relationship and because of the tribe structure of society, Golami Nejad planned to kill Rahimeh.

He persuaded Safiyeh to bring Rahimeh to a house. Then, Golami Nejad killed Rahime, after he ran from the scene of crime. Safiyeh, fearfully put her wedding ring at a finger of Rahimeh and burnt the house, but she was arrested while she was running. The locals had seen Golami Nejad that he was trying to carry the body of Rahimeh before the house of Safiyeh was burnt.

After arresting Safiyeh, the governor met Safiyeh in prison and convinced her that if she acknowledged that she committed homicide and did not talk about Golami Nejad, he would get the consent of the victim’s family. Thus, she admitted this condition. But none of these promises had been done by the governor and others. Soon Golami Nejad released from prison.

The family of Safiyeh knew Golami Nejad was the main perpetrator; they gave a mission to some members of their tribe to kill Golami Nejad. They shot Golami Njead with gun and bullet, but he survived.

The youngest brother of Safiyeh had this mission to kill Safiyeh in a meeting in prison by a special gun very similar to a pen, but as the bullet did not hit Safiyeh’s heart, she also survived the attack.

After this occurrence, Safiyeh’s brother has faced to the mental problems.

It seems that Safiyeh neither according to written law and nor even religion was executed but she was executed according to the tribal law. Both the families of Rahimeh and Safiyeh were from powerful and influential families and the justice had been the victim of this power and influence.

Universal Tolerance, July 14, 2012