mother Reyhaneh Jabbari

NCRI - The mother of a young woman who was executed by the Iranian Regime for killing a rapist, will not vote in the Iranian regime’s sham presidential election.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was only 19 when she killed an intelligence officer, who tried to rape her, in self-defence, in 2007, but the Regime didn’t care about her reasoning or her age or even give her a fair trial.

Sholeh Pakravan will boycott these elections because she cannot cast a vote for the Regime who has murdered her daughter and so many others.

She said that participating in the sham election would contaminate her hands with the blood of the innocents already spilt by the Regime and the blood of those yet to be killed by the Regime.

Pakravan said: “I do not vote for looters and murderers of thousands of youths of my country. Those who slaughtered the innocents, no we will vote for them. No, I won’t vote for those who executed my Reyhaneh and killers of other Reyhanes.”

Pakravan made clear that none of the candidates will bring change for Iran and asked how any of them could expect the votes of ordinary Iranians. She noted that ordinary Iranians wanted to know why their children were being slaughtered by the Regime, where the bodies were buried, and why the treasury has been depleted to such an extent (due to the war in Syria and general pilfering by the Regime leaders) that huge swaths of the nation are below the poverty line.

She said: “There is less than a week left to disgusting selection, I will not cast a vote for any of these six candidates. Neither for those three main actors that shamelessly exposed themselves, the crimes and thefts of each other before the eyes of people. They have one thing in common: They are all staunch supporters of jails, tortures and executions.”

She continued: “I will not vote for someone who was on mass execution commission. I will not vote for someone who honours the gallows and places murderers on the ministerial seat. I will not vote for someone who knows pincer attacks and bags up nation’s treasures.”

She asked why any Iranian should have to pick the lesser evil from a selection of “thieves, swindlers and criminals”, noting that while some may criticise her decision not to vote for the bad person less the worst person get in, she doesn’t see a difference.

She put across that no matter who had been in charge, over the past 40 years executions have gone up, poverty has gone up, and basic human rights have been ignored.

She said: “How are we going to vote and not to remember eyes of Gohar Eshghi? And not to remember Neda Agha-Soltan's last look? And forget Arash Sadeghi voice? And Shahram Ahmadi’s? Royan and Roydad who lost their innocent childhood and their fathers to executions? Children with their mums who spend their lives in cold solitary confinement, those beautiful girls who lost their beauty to acid splashes, screams of mothers who read the news of their kid's executions in the papers, pains and suffering of prisoners’ families and much more.”

She reiterated her hope for a future where the Regime received justice for their crimes against humanity.