Samar Saed Abdullah (Cont’d)

Her parents sold everything to pay for her defence. They have always sworn to her innocence. Human rights groups have said that this is just one of many cases in which justice has failed.

And they say that what makes implementing capital punishment even more disturbing is that the Iraqi judicial system does not guarantee a fair trial.

However, even as doubts build regarding many similar convictions in Iraq, there are signs that the rate of executions is actually increasing in numbers.

The Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) said that women were being executed at an alarming rate.

Yanar Mohammed, founder of OWFI has been quoted as saying;

“They [the executed women] were taken out of the extreme-protection prison.”It is a very scary story for us, because if it starts with a few women in a jail cell … it could happen to hundreds, thousands of people later on.”

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Follow-up News:

One Woman’s Story of Death Row in Iraq
11 May 2007

Woman’s plea from death row: I’m innocent
9 May 2007

Iraqi woman fears execution, can’t stop thinking of gallows
(date unknown)

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