Iranian injustice. The following news story is an example of the metality the West, indeed the civilized world, is up against. The latest is an article today in Iranian press (Iran Focus) describing the hanging of a 16 yr old girl by a religious judge for having a “sharp tongue” and protesting in “his” court. [Unconfirmed by mainstream media]

On Sunday, August 15, a 16-year-old girl in the town of Neka, northern Iran, was executed. Ateqeh Sahaleh was hanged in public on Simetry Street off Rah Ahan Street at the city center.

The sentence was issued by the head of Neka’s Justice Department and subsequently upheld by the mullahs’ Supreme Court and carried out with the approval of Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Shahroudi.

In her summary trial, the teenage victim did not have any lawyer and efforts by her family to recruit a lawyer was to no avail. Ateqeh personally defended herself. She told the religious judge, Haji Rezaii, that he should punish the main perpetrators of moral corruption not the victims.

The judge personally pursued Ateqeh’s death sentence, beyond all normal procedures and finally gained the approval of the Supreme Court. After her execution Rezai said her punishment was not execution but he had her executed for her “sharp tongue”. —

This girl, 16, was alledgedly hanged in public from a construction crane without even the represenation of an attorney in court. Alledgedly the “judge” actually put the noose around her neck. Apparently in protest the girl began to remove her clothing in court not having a lawyer present (details not described). Result? Execution. Another good example of religious “justice”, and gender bias, Middle Eastern style.