That Muslim judicial processes have nothing to do with law and order gets shown from the reports of Amnesty International. In the case from the child pride Zeinab Sekaanvand gets shown that women have no rights and the judge is only bloodthirsty. Why they need in this case make a show of a trial? Are they otherwise shaming themselves for their bloodthirstiness?
Since last Thursday morning the 22-year-old Iranian Zeinab Sekaanvand (alternative spelling: Seinab Sekaanwand) can get executed on the gallows. For a murder, which the former children's bride has probably not done at all, as the human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) emphasizes. Iran is silent on the allegations.
Amnesty International has been fighting for Sekaanvand for four years. At that time she was sentenced as a murderer to her husband, with whom she had been married at the age of fifteen. In Iran, girls and boys are considered to be adults from the age if puberty, which is accepted by courts for girls in the age of nine years. But it is not just a death sentence against a minor at the time of the crime. Over the years, new details have emerged about the investigations that make Sekaanvand's fault doubt.
Sekaanvand's conviction was based solely on a written confession, which she had filed in police custody after twenty days. According to her statements, the then 17-year-old was forced to do so by beatings and other ill-treatment. She withdrew her confession in the trial, which was irrelevant to the court, as was her statement that the brother of the man was the culprit and had forced her to confession.
According to Iranian law, the next family members of a person killed can pardon the perpetrator. The brother of the man, who is said to have raped Sekaanvand several times, promised her a pardon, according to her statements, if she admits the act. The court ignored this information and did not investigate its allegations of ill-treatment by the police.
What makes the case even more outrageous: the verdict would also have to be abolished according to Iranian criminal law. As Amnesty told the independent British newspaper Independent, her age should at least have been regarded as a mitigation ground. Furthermore, the court should have sought an opinion on Sekaanvand's state of mind and, in the event of a reduced liability, be entitled to a maximum sentence of imprisonment. According to the British BBC, she has been suffering from depression for a long time.
Above all, Sekaanvand had only contact with a lawyer for the first time on the day of the conviction. The defendant, who was established by the state, also failed to provide information on possible remedies against her conviction. Their execution had been postponed only because she had become pregnant in prison, where she married a fellow prisoner in 2015. The child was born dead last month, after which the Justice declared the postponement of their execution to be over.
UN human rights experts demanded an immediate abolition of the death penalty as well as physical chastisements for minors. In a recent report on the situation of children in the Gulf States, the UN Committee on Children's Rights criticized laws that would allow the death penalty and serious ill-treatment such as stoning, amputation and spanking for minors. The experts urged the Arab countries to suspend immediately the execution of those who are currently living in the death row, who were supposed to have committed their crimes as minors. Laws, which allow stoning, beatings or amputations in children, should be abolished.
The story about Zeinab Sekaanvand makes the Islam to a barbarian tradition of uneducated, inhuman and bloodthirsty murders, child abusers and rapists where even the victim gets prosecuted. How can someone call the Islam to be a religion in such a case?