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Iran executed a man who was arrested for murder when he was aged just 17 in an apparent violation of international law.
Arman Abdolali, now 25, was a child when he was arrested before undergoing a “grossly unfair trial overshadowed by confessions of torture,” according to Amnesty International.
He was executed this morning in Rajai Shahr prison near Tehran.
Abdolali was sentenced to his first death in December 2015 after his fiancée Ghazaleh Shakur went missing a year earlier.
Child offender #ArmanAbdolali was executed in RajaiShahr Prison at dawn today after being transferred for execution 7times before this morning. His parents were denied a last visit with their son despite being asked to be at the prison at 4am #NoDeathPenalty #StopExecutionsInIran pic.twitter.com/858RjzsKZh
— f.halvaei (@f_halvaei) November 24, 2021
Her body was never found and the court concluded that he had killed her without a trace after reaching “spiritual maturity” and understanding the nature of the crime.
However, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The use of the death penalty against anyone under the age of 18 when the crime was committed is prohibited by international law and constitutes a heinous attack on human rights. some children. ‘
In making its decision, the court relied on the opinion of an advisor to the Youth and Youth Court, who said Abdolali understood the “heinous” nature of the crime.
The Supreme Court upheld the sentence in 2016, despite admitting that he had been held in solitary confinement for 76 days and repeatedly beaten before making his alleged confession.
But no investigation was conducted and the court called the “confession” “unambiguous”.
Abdolali was tried again last year after the juvenile justice advisor withdrew his previous opinion and said he had never met the defendant or investigated his case.
Her retrial focused on his apparent maturity at the time of the crime, and years later it was discovered that his conviction was upheld.
Amnesty called for an end to his execution on 11 October, but Iran committed the murder today.
UN human rights experts also called on Iran to suspend the execution.
“International human rights law clearly prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on anyone under the age of 18,” said the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Geneva.
According to Amnesty International, there were 246 executions in Iran in 2020.
Iran has often been the target of international criticism for the execution of people convicted of minors for crimes in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil Rights and the guidelines ratified by the Islamic Republic.
Under Iranian law, boys over 15 and girls over 9 are treated as adults and can be sentenced to death for murder and certain capital crimes.
But Article 91 of the Iranian Islamic Penal Code gives judges the power to replace the death penalty with an alternative penalty if there are doubts about the criminal’s “maturity”.
However, human rights groups say there is no standard of proof to prove the level of maturity required for execution.
Ms. Eltahawy said: “This case highlights the deeply flawed nature of the Iranian juvenile justice system.
“We urge the Iranian authorities to end violations of the right to life and the rights of the child by amending the Penal Code to ban the use of the death penalty against anyone under 18 at the time of the crime. old., without exception until the complete abolition of the death penalty.
Sajad Sanjari, who was only 15 at the time of his crime, was secretly executed earlier this year.