Wednesday, January 26

Sentenced to death. Iran executed man arrested for murder aged 17

Iran executed at dawn on Wednesday a man who was 17 years old at the time of his arrest, a judicial source said, despite calls from human rights organizations including Amnesty International.

The execution of Arman Abdolali, 25, took place in Rajai Shahr prison, near Teheran, in accordance with the “qesas”, that is to say the “law of retaliation” requested by the family of the victim, announced the site of the judicial authority Mizan Online.

Amnesty had urged Iran on 11 October to desist from the execution of the man sentenced to death in 2015 in what the human rights organization had called “a grossly unfair trial”.

“Confessions” obtained “under torture”

Arman Abdolali had been convicted of the murder of his friend “following a trial based on” confessions “obtained” under torture “, Amnesty had reported.

The man was sentenced to death again in 2020 during a new trial, as the court ruled that the teenager was responsible for his actions in the absence of evidence to the contrary, Amnesty reported.

His execution had been postponed several times, in 2020, then in October and November 2021, but it had been stopped following international mobilizations, according to the organization.

In 2020, there were 246 executions in Iran, according to Amnesty. This country is regularly condemned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Western NGOs for the executions of people convicted of crimes committed when they were minors, in violation of the International Convention on Human Rights. ‘child, ratified by Tehran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran “is doing its best to reduce the number of executions of juvenile delinquents to” zero “, Majid Tafréchi, deputy director of international affairs at the Judicial Authority, told AFP in July. in charge of human rights.

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