in the coming days. The victims families on these cases issued their consent and forgiveness.
The victim’s family in the case of Amir Khaleghi asked other families in similar situations to take the path of forgiveness path, as peace could never come out of revenge.
In Mostafa Naghdi’s case, blood money “diyeh” had been collected through donations to help pay restitution to the family o f the victim.
More information about Mostafa Naghdi and Amir Khaleghi:
One day in 2004, Mostafa Naqdi was riding his motorcycle when he stopped outside a school in an area called Tehran Pars. As children streamed out of the school, one of them grabbed the bike’s ignition key. It should just have been a silly prank. But a fight broke out and then got out of control.
Mostafa Naqdi grabbed a blunt instrument and lunged out at another boy holding him. The blow punctured the lung of the other boy, Masoud, who died later that afternoon. Mostafa Naqdi was sentenced to death.
When he was first arrested, he was so under-developed that the authorities did not believe he was 15. Even now, four years later, he is a gangly youth.
“I know I did something wrong, but I was just a child,” he said.
“I did wrong and mankind is like that. But I want to live. I know they are suffering. My family has suffered too. Not as much as them – they have lost their son[…]
“I just want them to forgive me. I can’t do anything else. Their son won’t come back by executing me. I can just say that I kiss their hands for forgiveness.”
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BBC video clip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7694518.stm
4. Amir Khaleghi
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 named Ali Malekpour was striked in the chest and was killed.
Amir Khaleghi does not remember how the incident happened. 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.
Amir Khaleghi was scheduled for execution May 6, 2009, but the execution has been postponed.
More info found in our archives: http://scenews.blog.com/tag/amir-khaleghi/