Iran football star's wife hanged after eight-year campaign to save her life
Telegraph / Richard Spencer

Iran on Wednesday hanged the "temporary wife" of one of its leading football stars despite an eight-year campaign to save her life.

Shahla Jahed was executed at dawn at Evin Prison in the capital Tehran still protesting her innocence of the murder of Laleh Saharkhizan, the first wife of Nasser Mohammad Khani, a national team striker from the 1980s.

State media said Mr Khani attended the execution. Before it took place, the condemned woman was said to have prayed in public, then burst into tears and made a final plea to be spared.

The brother of the murdered woman carried out the final act by pulling the chair on which she was standing away from under her.

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