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Juvenile Behnood Shojaee at risk of execution tomorrow in Iran

URGENTBehnood Shojaee
Behnood had allegedly killed a boy during a street fight in Tehran when he was 17 years old. He has been in prison for the last 4 years and all the reports pointed to a stay of execution in his case.

In his weblog, Mohammad Mostafaie wrote: "I went to the Executive office of the Tehran Criminal Court yesterday to follow up on Benood Shojai’s case. I was told by Mr. Jaberi, the clerk of the office that no date had been set for Behnood’s execution and a stay of execution is in effect. This morning I heard that Bahnood Shojai had been transferred to the isolation ward in prison. I went back to the Executive office to inquire about the case. Mr. Jaberi confirmed the execution and said that the Qisas( Islamic retaliation Law) will take place tomorrow”.

Bahnood was below the age of 18 when he committed the murder. The family of the victim had forgiven Behnood and had unequivocally given up their right to retribution (The right of victim’s family under Qisas
law) in front of several witnesses namely Messrs. Ezzatollah Sahabi, Parviz Parastoui, Sayed Mohammad Mojabi, Dr. Golzari and a few others.

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Juvenile's execution postponed for the 4th time

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The execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, scheduled for 16 July, has been postponed, and the Head of the Judiciary is notknown to have set a new execution date.

This is the fourth time his execution has been postponed.

Mohammad Reza Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 for a murder committed when he was 15. He confessed to the murder, but retracted the confession during his trial, saying he had not been involved, but had claimed responsibility for the killing because his two co-defendants had offered to give his family money if he did so. His co-defendants later supported Mohammad Reza Haddadi's claims of innocence, and withdrew their testimony that had implicated him. They were both over 18 at the time of the crime and received prison sentences. Mohammad Reza Haddadi's death sentence was

confirmed by the Supreme Court in July 2005. His execution was first scheduled for October 2008, but was stayed on the order of the Head of the Judiciary.

There is no further news of Naser Qasemi who was also sentenced to death for crimes committed when he was under 18.

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