'We will execute your daughter and there's nothing you can do' 11:29AM Monday May 04, 2009 Despite a stay of execution and a pending appeal, Delara Darabi was executed by Iranian authorities on Friday. It was 7am when Delara Darabi phoned home. "Oh mother, I see the hangman's noose in front of me," she garbled. "They are going to execute me. Please save me." Moments later a prison official snatched the handset away. "We will easily execute your daughter and there's nothing you can do about it," he barked at the parents. Then, with a chilling click, the line went dead. The desperate couple rushed to Rasht Central Prison, wailing at the guards to let them see their 22-year-old. As they prostrated themselves, an ambulance emerged from the prison yard, most probably with Delara's corpse inside. "They took Delara to the gallows with nobody around her," Mohammad Mostafaei, one of her lawyers, said in a letter distributed to human rights groups. "They put the rope on her delicate neck. I do not know who the cruel person was to pull the chair from under her feet." Ms Darabi - dubbed The Prisoner of Colours for the love of painting she developed whilst on death row - was convicted for murdering her father's wealthy cousin in September 2003, when she was just 17. Although she initially confessed to the crime, she later said she had been persuaded to take the blame by her older boyfriend Amir Hossein. It was in fact Mr Hossein who had killed the rich relation, she said, to get the money. The 19-year-old allegedly told Ms Darabi that she could save him from the gallows by confessing and that there would be no risk to her own life because she was still a minor. The young woman complied. Her boyfriend was sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity to murder; she was sentenced to death.