Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Iranian official orders stay of execution for two juvenile offenders

Iranian judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi has agreed to a one month suspension for Mohammad Fadaie and Behnoud Shojaie, two men who were convicted of murder while legally minors, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday, citing the Iranian Student’s News Agency.

The stays of execution came after U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour asked Iran to refrain from executing four condemned convicts sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18. However, it is not clear if Shahroudi’s order was in direct response to the U.N. request.

According to the article, the Iranian judiciary insists that minors are never executed in the Islamic republic. Yet human rights groups maintain that there have been several documented cases of the state executing convicted minors after reaching the age of 18.

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