150 Iranian laws demand a halt to Bahman Salimian’s execution

 150 lawyers have signed an open letter to Iran’s head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi demanding for a stay of execution for Bahman Salimian due to his age at the time of crime and also due to the fact that according to physician’s reports he was and is psychologically disturbed.

In the second haf of the letter, the group of lawyers ask for an end to executions of those who have committed an offence before the age of 18, as presribed under United Nations conventions. Iran is state party to the International Covenent on Civil and Political Rights and the Charter of the rights of the Child.  The lawyers demand Iran to abide by international human rights law which has been ratified in Iran’s parliament as well as ratified by the Islamic Council of experts.  More to follow.