Tehran: Iran on Wednesday hanged a former soccer
player`s mistress, known as a "temporary wife", who was
convicted of murdering her love rival, the player`s wife, the
official IRNA news agency reported.
Shahla Jahed was hanged at dawn, after spending more
than eight years in jail, IRNA said, in a case that has
captivated the Iranian public for several years.
Jahed had become what is known as a "temporary wife"
of former soccer star Nasser Mohammad Khani. She was charged
in 2002 with stabbing to death Laleh Saharkhizan, the player`s
wife, and convicted of murder in 2004 and again in 2009, after
her appeal was denied.
Contracts with "temporary wives" are a legal way for
Iranian men to have mistresses outside marriage, with the
agreements lasting from between several hours to a few years.
Today`s death sentence was based on the Islamic law of
"qisas" or eye for eye retribution.
International human rights groups, including Amnesty
International, had campaigned for Jahed`s punishment to be
The IRNA report said that just before the hanging at
Tehran`s Evin prison, the 40-year-old Jahed prayed peacefully,
then burst into tears and cries, shouting for her life to be
The victim`s son pulled the chair from under her feet
as Jahed gasped for breath in the remaining moments of her
life, the khabaronline.ir news website said.
The former soccer striker, Khani, also attended the