On August 15th 2004, a 16-year-old girl was hanged in a public square in Neka, Iran, a small industrial town by the Caspian Sea. Her death sentence was for crimes against chastity. Her name was Atefah Sahaaleh. The only evidence against Atefah was her own forced confession. Atefah railed against her judge in court for its unfairness, but this was her undoing. Judge Haji Rezai, who was also the local mullah, prosecutor and head of the city administration, personally obtained permission from Iran’s Supreme Court to execute her, and put the noose around her neck himself before she was hoisted on a crane jib arm to her death. Using undercover footage, eyewitness accounts and drama recontruction, this film tells an unforgettable story of the life and tragic death of an ordinary teenage girl under Iran’s mullahs.
Monthly Archives: August 2006
So, that’s it then. We would like to thank our readers for their many emailed comments, flames, and death threats. We’ve certainly enjoyed our years of keeping you informed and entertained, but all good things must come to an end.
On the bright side, there’s no better time for saying goodbye to the world than just as the mainstream press is gearing up to inundate us with speculation regarding the death of JonBenet Ramsey, from broadcast locations in Boulder, Colorado. That we will be spared Greta Van Susteren’s daily musings about what might or might not have happened, surely, must prove the existence of a loving and merciful God.
And so we prepare to meet Him with joy and gratitude.
My followup to my previous (and mucho hate mail generating) post is up on my Houston Chronical blog.