Iran hangs man for crime when he was 15
Hiedeh Farmani, Agence France-Presse Published: Thursday, August 21, 2008
TEHRAN – Iran has hanged a man for a murder committed when he was 15, violating an international convention on child rights, reports said yesterday, as campaigners said dozens more inmates were on death row for crimes committed as minors.
Reza Hejazi, 20, was hanged on Tuesday in Isfahan, central Iran, for stabbing a man to death in a fight in 2003, the reformist Etemad newspaper said.
The execution came as several prominent film stars were summoned before a Tehran court over the launch of a campaign to raise “blood money” to save the life of another man on death row for a murder he committed when he was 17.
Just before Hejazi was to go to the gallows, prison officials agreed to his lawyer’s request to stay the execution so he could negotiate with the victim’s family, Etemad said.
But the authorities went ahead with the hanging later in the day in the absence of his lawyer and family.
Four rapists and drug traffickers were also hanged on Tuesday, bringing the number of executions in Iran this year to at least 172.
Iran is a party to the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, whose signatories commit to not executing minors who were under 18 at the time of the offence.
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