A woman in Iran was hanged after already dying from a heart attack while awaiting execution, according to The Times, a British publication.
Zahra Ismaili reportedly watched as 16 other inmates were hanged before her and collapsed from a heart attack before it was her turn to be executed. Despite being dead, she was hung at Rajai Shar Prison in Tehran, Iran, according to The Times. (RELATED: Iran Could Have Enough Fissile Material For Nuclear Bomb In ‘Weeks’ If It Doesn’t Rejoin Deal, Blinken Says)
Omid Moradi, the lawyer of a woman recently executed in #Iran says she suffered a fatal stroke after witnessing 16 men being hanged & authorities hanged her dead body. #ZahraEsmaili mother of 2 was found guilty of killing her husband who was a high ranking intel official. pic.twitter.com/9tnNObXGyF
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) February 19, 2021
Ismaili was a mother of two children who was in jail for killing her abusive husband in self-defense, according to Iran Human Rights Monitor. She was reportedly moved to solitary confinement Monday, Feb. 15, along with a group of death-row inmates to be processed for execution. Her attorney Omid Moradi described the unfolding of events in a now-deleted Facebook post, according to The Times.
“They hanged her lifeless body, and the victim’s mother personally kicked the stool from under her feet so she could see her daughter-in-law’s corpse on the gallows for even a few seconds,” Moradi wrote, according to multiple reports.
Her husband was reportedly a senior official in the Ministry of Intelligence. In recent weeks, the Islamic Republic has executed a lot of people with death sentences, but executing 17 individuals at the same time is apparently severe.