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May 8 2008 | IRAN

Iran

Execution of a juvenile postponed. Hopes in pardon of victim's family

 
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ANSA-REUTERS

IRAN RINVIA ESECUZIONE GIOVANE OMICIDA A 17 ANNI

TEHERAN, 6 MAG - I giudici iraniani hanno ordinato un mese di rinvio per l'esecuzione di un giovane uomo condannato a morte per un omicidio commesso quando era ancora minorenne. Lo scrive un'agenzia di stampa.
Due giorni fa l'Ue aveva chiesto a Teheran di risparmiare la vita del giovane Behnud Shojai, che secondo quanto rivelato dall'organizzazione umanitaria Amnesty International, quando ha ucciso un coetaneo ferendolo con un pezzo di vetro - tre anni fa - era solo diciassettenne. Shojai avrebbe dovuto essere impiccato domani.
Amnesty denuncia che l'Iran avrebbe ucciso almeno 28 imputati bambini dal 1990 e che altri 86 starebbero attualmente nei bracci della morte delle prigioni della repubblica islamica.

 

Adnkronos

IRAN: RINVIATA ESECUZIONE CAPITALE DOPO PROTESTA UE

Teheran, 7 mag. (/dpa) - Le autorita' giudiziarie iraniane hanno rinviato un'esecuzione capitale per la quale era giunta una protesta dell'Unione Europea. Senza riferirsi direttamente all'Ue, l'agenzia stampa Fars ha reso noto oggi che il rinvio dell'esecuzione di Behnoud Shojaee e' stato ordinato dal capo dell'autorita' giudiziaria Hashemi Shahroudi, che starebbe lavorando per un accordo con la famiglia della vittima che eviti la pena capitale.
Shojaee e' stato condannato per aver ucciso un uomo in una rissa avvenuta a Teheran nell'agosto 2005. La presidenza europea, ricordando che il condannato era minorenne all'epoca dei fatti, aveva chiesto una revisione del verdetto, che avrebbe dovuto essere eseguito oggi nel carcere di Evin a Teheran.
Secondo la legge iraniana, i parenti della vittima posso chiedere l'esecuzione del responsabile della morte del loro congiunto oppure accettare un risarcimento in denaro, il cosiddetto "prezzo del
sangue".

 

Reuters

Iran delays young man's execution after EU appeal

TEHRAN, May 6  - Iran's judiciary has ordered a onth's postponement of the execution of a young man sentenced to death for murder, a news agency said on Tuesday, two days after the European Union urged Tehran to spare his life.
Amnesty International had said the execution of Behnoud Shojai, who the rights group said was 17 at the time of the crime three years ago, was planned for Wednesday.
The presidency of the 27-nation EU on Sunday urged the Islamic Republic "to immediately halt the execution (of Shojai) and of all other juvenile offenders on death row."
Iran's Fars News Agency did not mention the EU statement in its report, quoting a deputy public prosecutor in Tehran as saying the execution had been postponed with the agreement of the victim's family.
Under Iran's Islamic law, sharia, the family of the victim can agree to pardon the murderer in exchange for "blood money", or financial compensation, but it was not clear whether this may happen in this case.
Amnesty says Shojai intervened to stop a fight between a friend and another boy, and stabbed the other boy once with a shard of glass after being threatened with a knife.
Amnesty International says that Iran has executed at least 28 child offenders since 1990 and that at least 86 child offenders are now on death row in the country.
All 27 EU states have abolished the death penalty and press for an international moratorium.
Iran rejects accusations it is violating human rights and accuses Western powers of double standards and hypocrisy.
(Reporting by Hossein Jaseb; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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