By Mr. Mohammad Mostafei
I never thought Behnoud Shojaee would be executed, considering that in the presence of a number of popular activist artists, the family of his victim agreed to forgive him. Even in a confidential meeting, they said they would settle for “Diyya” (Blood money). Since Behnoud’s family is not financially well-off, the artists opened an account to raise money to help with the payment. After opening the account, a public announcement was made in the print media that mentioned Behnoud’s name. The family became upset at this and retracted their initial consent.
The family decided that their initial forgiveness was no longer acceptable; and our pleading didn’t go anywhere. On October 19, 2009, Behnoud went to the gallows and was executed.
Currently, several clients of mine who were under 18 when they committed their crime are awaiting execution. There is an urgent need to collect blood money for them so that we can get the money to the victim’s family for consent or forgiveness. Because the matter is extremely sensitive, I cannot release the names of my clients, but once blood money is collected and a family’s consent is obtained, they will be released.
In order to obtain consent from a victim’s family, there is a need for money to be paid to the family at the time of their forgiveness. I was forced to open an account that would help save lives of offenders who were minors at the time of their crime. I say I was “forced,” because I just could not find any other organization or group that I could trust with this matter.
Please transfer your donation to the following account number: 0205327104006 at Bank Melli Iran, branch of Jamal al-Din Asadabady Square. Please tell others about this. If you live out of Iran, you could collect the blood money as a group and transfer the sum into the account using money-transferring processes.
If we raise around approximately $200,000, we can save three or four lives of teenagers.
I sincerely thank you for putting your confidence in me. I will publish the amounts collected and payments paid to the victims’ families at the end of each month on my personal blog.
lawyer of many teenagers on death row
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