Shahla Jahed

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Shahla Javed
Born Khadijeh Shahla Jahed
(1969-05-10)May 10, 1969
Tehran, Iran
Died December 1, 2010(2010-12-01) (aged 41)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Nurse
Partner(s) Nasser Mohammadkhani (1999–2001)

Khadijeh Shahla Jahed (10 May 1969 – 1 December 2010) was an Iranian nurse[1] who was sentenced to death for her alleged involvement in the murder of her boyfriend's wife. She was hanged on 1 December 2010, being the 146th person to be executed in Iran in that year.[2]

Case and sentencing[edit]

Jahed had been living with Nasser Mohammadkhani, an Iranian footballer[3] becoming his mistress in a temporary marriage. Jahed was arrested and charged for the 9 October 2002 murder of Laleh Saharkhizan, Mohammadkhani's wife.[4] Mohammadkhani was in Germany when the killing happened, but it emerged later that he was "temporarily married" to Jahed, a practice allowed under Shia Islam.

Jahed was tried and sentenced to death in June 2004. The footballer Mohammadkhani first faced charges of adultery. These were later dropped,[3] and he was sentenced to 74 lashes for drug-taking after the court heard he had smoked opium with Jahed.[4]


International human rights groups had campaigned for her release as she had already been jailed for more than eight years.[5] One day prior to the execution, Amnesty International made a last-minute appeal for the execution to be halted, saying Jahed had not received a fair trial. Iranian courts halted the execution of Shahla Jahed when the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani became public[citation needed].

Jahed was executed on 1 December 2010 at 5am local time at the Evin prison, north of Tehran.[2][3][5] The victim's brother was allowed to pull the stool from under her feet.[2]


  1. ^ "The Islamic Republic of Iran is about to execute Shahla Jaahed!". International Committee Against Stoning. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Dehghan, Saeed Kamali (1 December 2010). "Iran executes woman accused of murdering lover's wife". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Iran hangs former soccer player's mistress". SMH. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b James Reynolds (1 December 2010). "Iran hangs footballer's mistress for murder". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Iran hangs Shahla Jahed for 'murdering love rival wife of national footballer' | Mail Online". London: Daily Mail. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 

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