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An Iranian woman due to be put to death for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her is reported to have had her execution postponed.

I would like to ask about the word due in the sentence above. Does it function as the adjective or preposition there? Can I rewrite the sentence without the change of the meaning in this way: An Iranian woman who is facing the death penalty for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her is reported to have had her execution postponed.

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It's an adjective as in The payment is due.

The sentence says that the punishment of death is pending for the woman. By the way I found that sentence a bit complex! :)

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