Washington, 8 September (WashingtonTV)—The European Union on Tuesday voiced deep concern about reports of the imminent executions of three juvenile offenders in Iran.
“The EU notes that these executions would be a direct contravention of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international commitments … prohibiting the execution of minors or people who have been convicted of crimes when they were minors,” the Swedish presidency of the EU said in a statement. The statement referred to the cases of Behnoud Shojaee, Reza Padashi and Hossein Haghi.
Shojaee was arrested on charges of murder in June 2005, at the age of 17. Padashi was convicted of killing another young boy in February 2004, at the age of 16. Haghi was also 16-years-old when he was charged with murder in August 2003, according to the website, Stop Child Executions.
Sources: Swedish Presidency of the European Union website, Stop Child Executions website, Amnesty International website