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Iran executes man arrested for homicide as minor after ‘grossly unfair trial’

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Iran executed a person Wednesday who was arrested for homicide on the age of 17, the judiciary stated, regardless of appeals to spare his life by rights teams together with Amnesty Worldwide.

 Arman Abdolali was executed at daybreak in Rajai Shahr jail close to Tehran, according to the “qesas” eye-for-an-eye fashion justice demanded by the sufferer’s household, stated the judiciary’s Mizan On-line web site.

Amnesty Worldwide had appealed on October 11 for Iran to halt the execution of the 25-year-old who was arrested in 2014 and later convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Ghazaleh Shakour.

The London-based rights group stated he had been sentenced to loss of life twice however that the execution was stopped each instances following worldwide outcries.

It stated Abdolali was first sentenced to loss of life in December 2015 after “a grossly unfair trial” by a courtroom that “relied on torture-tainted ‘confessions'” following Shakour’s disappearance the 12 months earlier than.

It stated Abdolali was sentenced to loss of life once more in 2020 in a retrial, the place the courtroom dominated {the teenager} was accountable within the absence of proof on the contrary, Amnesty reported.

“This younger man was not a prison,” Hadi Sadeghi, a judicial official, was quoted as saying by Iranian media in October.

“Just like the sufferer, he got here from a good household. In jail, Arman continued his research to acquire a grasp’s diploma in schooling,” he stated.

“The 2 households knew one another and the sufferer and the accused supposed to get married,” Sadeghi added.

Worldwide criticisms

The physique of Shakour, who was 19 on the time of her disappearance, was by no means discovered.

Based on Mizan On-line, the sufferer’s mom had stated she would forgive Abdolali if he revealed the situation of her physique.

UN human rights consultants additionally appealed to Iran to halt the execution.

“Worldwide human rights legislation unequivocally forbids imposition of the loss of life sentence on anybody beneath 18 years of age,” stated the Geneva-based UN Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights.

Iran executed at the very least 246 folks final 12 months, retaining its place as essentially the most prolific consumer of capital punishment within the area and the second worldwide after China, in response to Amnesty.

Iran has typically confronted worldwide criticism for executing folks convicted of crimes dedicated after they had been minors, in violation of the Conference on the Rights of the Little one that has been ratified by the Islamic republic.

In July, a senior Iranian official instructed AFP that the Islamic republic was doing its finest to carry right down to zero the variety of executions of kid offenders.

“We’re going to the zero level,” stated Majid Tafreshi of the state-run Excessive Council for Human Rights, insisting that was the “will of the system” of the nation.

(AFP)

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