We have been informed by Iranian attorney Mr. Mostafaei, that 18-year-old Amir Khaleghi is in urgent danger and has been scheduled to be executed this coming Sunday, February 22nd 2009.
Mr. Mostafaei said that “Amir Khaleghi was 16 years old, when he bought alcohol from a drug store, mixed it with orange juice and became drunk. He saw some friends hanging out on the street sidewalk close to a vendor and jokingly told the vendor not to sell anything to the other kids. A fight broke out, without premeditation, one of those involved in the fight Ali Malekpour was stiked in the chest and was killed. Amir Khaleghi does not remember how the incident happend. He says he wandered around until he was sober and felt very sad and remorseful for what had just taken place. He went to the city of Qom and later to Jamkaran where he turned himself into police. He explained his drinking matter and what he remembered of the incident. Branch 74 convicted him to “ghesas” (murder) which was confirmed in branch 27 of the Supreme Court.
His state appointed lawyer Mr. Sayed Ahmad Mobarragh worked hard to defend Amir, but his efforts were fruitless. According to Mr. Mostafaei, Amir was convicted despite the court taking into consideration that he was intoxicated, he was a juvenile offender and the fact that it is in breach of article 37 of the conventions that the council of experts had approved in oppostion to him being tried for “ghesas”.
Stop Child Executions encourages everyone to take action once again for Amir Khaleghi to have his death sentence stayed.
Please send your urgent action by phoning or faxing the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:
Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086
And writing to the Head of Judiciary in Iran
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Phone: [00 98 21] 391 1109
Fax: [00 98 21] 390 4986
Salutation: Your Excellency