Iran executes man jailed for homicide as minor

An Iranian man convicted of murdering his girlfriend when he was a teen was executed on Wednesday, regardless of a world outcry over his dying sentence. 

Arman Abdolali, 25, was hanged at daybreak on the Rajai Shahr jail within the metropolis of Karaj, west of Tehran, in line with Iran’s Mizan information company. 

Iranian authorities had accused Abdolali of murdering his girlfriend, Ghazaleh Shakoor, who disappeared in 2014 and whose physique was by no means discovered. He was 17 on the time of her disappearance. 

Abdolali was first sentenced in December 2015 following what Amnesty International described as “a grossly unfair trial” that relied on torture-induced confessions, which Abdolali later recanted. 

His execution had been delayed twice following outrage from the United Nations and human rights teams who mentioned Iran was ignoring its obligations beneath worldwide regulation. 

In October, a bunch of UN human rights specialists urged Iran to halt Abdolali’s execution amid stories that he had been tortured whereas in solitary confinement as a teen. The specialists additionally known as on the Islamic Republic to “unconditionally abolish the sentencing of children to death,” noting Iran reportedly has greater than 85 juvenile offenders on dying row. 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Iran is a state social gathering, bans the usage of capital punishment for many who have been beneath 18 on the time their alleged crime. In 2020, Iran executed not less than three individuals in violation of that conference, Amnesty mentioned. 

The London-based rights group mentioned Iran carried out not less than 246 recorded dying sentences in 2020, making it one of many world’s most frequent executioners. 


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