15 January 2007

Nazanin Fatehi exonerated, but will have to pay blood money

The Save Nazanin site reports some good news about Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi but also a potential obstacle to her freedom.

The Save Nazanin campaign has received verbal confirmation that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder. Her actions have been recognised as self-defence, but the court has ruled that she used disproportionate to defend herself and her 15-year old niece. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay "“dieh"” (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased. Once this amount is paid, Nazanin can be released from prison.

Nazanin's'lawyersrs, are appealing the blood money decision. Unfortunately, the appeal may take several months. In the meantime arrangements may be made to have Nazanin released from prison on bail.


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