And that is how this so-called man of God proudly became the judge, the jury, and the executioner of a child, whose "crimes" were only described as "acts incompatible with chastity."
After her execution, the state-run newspaper accused Atefeh of adultery and described her as 22 years old.Yet, Atefeh was not married - and she was just 16. The transcripts of Atefeh's court proceedings have never been released.
A group of brave journalists entered Iran in disguise to investigate Atefeh's death sentence after hearing rumors that she was only 16. The following video is the heart-wrenching documentary of Atefeh's story, compiled and produced by BBC.