"A message of hope"

Yesterday Stop Child Executions Campaign reported the freedom of Mohammad Latif who was sentenced to death at the age of 14 for killing Mansour Kahyaee during a fight.

In a letter Masoumeh Ebtekar, a member of Tehran’s city council who helped mediate the release of Mohammad Latif, wrote that the parents of the victim (Hossein and Farideh Kahyaee) chose “not to ghisas (revenge) the death of their son in order to reduce hostility among youth, so that this would be a message of hope to reduce violence in the society

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and SCE Campaign greatly appreciate the kind and humantarian gesture by the Kahyaee family and we also hope that the authorities of the government of Iran would immediately halt the execution order of more than 100 other Iranian youth awaiting executions and instead focus on education and rehabilitaion of those children who may have committed a crime before the age of 18.

Other key person who helped with the mediation was Seyed Mohammad Mojabi, another member of Tehran city council. SCE campaign thank the two city council members, Ms. Ebtekar and Mojabi for their humanitarian mediation efforts which resulted in saving the life of Mohammad Latif despite the execution order by Iran’s superior court.