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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.

Mosatafai adds: “After I brought up the fact the family of the victim had given up their right to retribution, the file was sent back to the issuing court. The judges from the 74th provincial criminal court rejected the appeal arguing the verbal retrieval of family’s right to retribution even when it is confirmed by the witness affidavit o does not constitute a reasonable ground for appeal and the execution order shall remain in effect”.

Also in an opinion related to this case Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi had previously said:” where there is credible witness testimony on the forgiveness by the victim’s family such forgiveness remains irretrievable”.

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