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Daughter Speaks Out Against Mother's Execution In Iran

The daughter of Fatemeh Haghighat Pajouh, who was executed in Iran for killing her temporary husband, spoke out on November 26 against her mother's execution.

Iran on November 26 hanged nine men and a woman, Pajouh, convicted of murder in Tehran's Evin prison.

Pajouh's daughter, Zahra, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that her mother saved her from being raped, then fought with her father Mohammad and killed him in 2001.

"I was asleep. I woke up with a start and found Mohammad on top of me. He ripped my clothes. I couldn't scream. He closed my mouth with his hand. Then, my mother came and pulled Muhammad off me and took him outside," Zahra said.

An Iranian official on November 26 said Pajouh had killed her husband by "cutting him into small pieces."

In majority Shi'ite Iran, men are permitted to marry women on a temporary or short-term basis.

Amnesty International says Iran executed 317 people in 2007, more than any other country except for China.