Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Nazanin is exonerated...sort of

Last week I posted an update on this case, with links to additional information. I checked Save Nazanin today and found the following:

January 14:
Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Mina Ahadi spoke with Nazanin Fatehi's lawyers today regarding her retrial that took place on January 10th 2007.

They have received verbal confirmation from the court that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder. The incident that took place in March 2005 has been recognized as an act of self-defense, however the court has ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying 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.

Shadi Sadr and Mr. Mostafaei, Nazanin Fatehi's laywers, are appealing this blood money because they believe that Nazanin is innocent for acting in self-defense and therefore she should not have to pay any money. Unfortunately, this appeal may take several months, so in the meantime arrangements may be made to have Nazanin released from prison by paying “bail” money into court.

Formal documentation should be available within days, including further details and specifics like the cost of bail and the cost of blood money.

So she's sorta been found not guilty, but she's still gotta pay off her attacker's next of kin before she can go free. Or at least post bail while the blood money is under appeal. Not a small order for a girl from a poor family, but perhaps Save Nazanin will pass a hat. I'll keep checking the site until the case is resolved.



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