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Ahmad says he got into a fight with Mehdi and his friends, after they harassed his step mother and cousin, and that he stabbed Mehdi in self defence with a kitchen knife.
2. Ali Amiri
On 18 December 2005, Afghan national Ali Amiri reportedly led an eight-year-old boy called Jan Ahmad (also known as Ahmad) onto the site of a partially built building in Shahriar, a city south-west of the capital, Tehran, where Ali allegedly sexually assaulted him before killing him.Ali Amiri was sentenced to death on 23 July 2007 by Branch 74 Tehran Criminal Court, and on 19 November 2007, Ali Amiri had his death sentence upheld by Branch 39 of the Supreme Court and his case was due to be sent to the Office for Implementation of Sentences.
3. Amir Amrollahi
Amir Amrollahi (18) was sentenced to death for the murder of another boy during a fight at the age of 16. Amir’s execution order was approved by Iran’s superior court and his file was sent to the division of enforcement of the judgements.The murder took place in November 2006 during a fight with another boy, who was fatally stabbed. According to his lawyer, Amir Amrollahi stabbed the other boy in the chest because he thought the other boy was about to attack him, and then panicked and ran off. Then, according to eyewitnesses, there was a delay of at least half an hour before any medical assistance reached the victim of the stabbing, by which time his wound had proved fatal. According to the lawyer, the court did not hear that the killing had been unintentional.
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.
5. Bahman Salimian
Bahman Soleimanian is accused of killing his grandmother in 1996 at the age of 15. Although Bahman was initially sentenced to imprisonment and payment of retribution, however after appeal by the victim’s kins, Bahman was sentenced to death and he is anticipated to be exectued after 12 years. Bahman is now 27 years old and is kept in the Isfahan prison. According to Bahman’s attorney, Bahman suffered from mental problems and he was not in normal state of mind at the time of murder, and he even attempted to commit suicide shortly after he realized what he had done.More information:
6. Behnoud Shojaee
On 18 June 2005 Behnoud Shojaee, then aged 17, intervened to stop a fight between his friend Hesam and another boy named Omid in Park-e-Vanak in Tehran. Behnoud Shojaee managed to separate the two boys but Omid swore at him, started a fight and threatened him with a knife. During the fight Behnoud Shojaee picked a shard of glass and stabbed Omid once in the chest, before fleeing the scene.Behnoud Shojaee was sentenced to death by Branch 74 of the Criminal Court in Tehran on 2 October 2006. During his trial, Behnoud Shojaee was not afforded legal representation and was therefore made to write a request for re-examination and re-trial of his case himself. According to his lawyer who recently took up his case, Behnoud Shojaee maintained throughout his trial that he only stabbed Omid once even though the coroner’s report stated that the victim died as a result of sustaining several injuries. His claims were never investigated and Behnoud Shojaee’s sentence was nevertheless confirmed by Branch 33 of the Supreme Court on 30 June 2007
7. Hossein Haghi
On 12 August 2003, Hossein Haghi, then aged 16, and his friend, known as Amrollah T, intervened to stop a fight between a friend of theirs and another boy, Mehdi Khalili. A number of others were also involved in the fight. According to his testimony, Hossein Haghi was held from behind, and Mehdi Khalili started hitting him. Hossein Haghi was able to free his hands, and retrieved a knife from his pocket to defend himself. Mehdi Khalili was killed by a knife wound to the chest. Upon his arrest, Hossein Haghi admitted to holding a knife and striking Mehdi Khalili to scare him away. However during his trial, Hossein Haghi denied stabbing Mehdi Khalili to death.On 8 February 2004 Hossein Haghi was sentenced to qesas (retribution) by Branch 74 of the Criminal Court. On 25 June 2004, the Supreme Court upheld his sentence. Hossein Haghi’s defence lawyer lodged a petition demanding a review of the case. Though the petition was rejected, the case was re-examined, and has now been referred to Branch 33 of the Supreme Court by the Head of the Judiciary.
The death sentence of Javid (20) [last name unknown] has been approved by the Iranian Supreme Court and sent to the “Ejraye Ahkam” (Enforcement of the judgment) section, according to the state-run news agency ISCAnews. Javid is convicted of a murder, in April of 2005. The report published by ISCAnews is not clear about Javid’s exact age at the time of the conviction of the crime, since the report calls him “the 20 years old offender”. However since the alleged crime was dated back to nearly 3 years ago (2 years and 10 months), there is a high possibility that Javid was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged offence.
9. Masoud Kafshir
Masoud Kafshir is sentenced to death for killing his father and grandmother in a fit of rage.
Now 17 years old; Masoud is waiting for his death sentence which is expected to be carried out when he reaches the 18 years of age.
Masoud was 13 years old when he was separated from his mother. The court gave the custody of Masoud and his two siblings to his father who was a drug addict.More information:
10. Mehyar Haghgoo
Mehyar Haghgoo is accused of killing his abusive and alcoholic father. According to the report at the time of alleged murder , Mehyar’s father was beating up his mother. Mehyar seem to have suffered from temporary insanity at the time. Mehyar’s mother is jointly accused of murder of her husband.Mehyar Haghgoo’s death sentence has been confirmed by a court in the city of Rasht, and his execution might not be far away.
11. Mohammad Fadaee
Mohammad Fadaee is facing imminent execution for a murder committed when he was 17 years old.
Mohammad Fadaee attended a snooker club with his friends in Robat Karim, a town near the city of Karaj, in Tehran province, when one of his friends was involved in a fight with a group of about 17 young men. According to his testimony, Mohammad Fadaeei tried to break up the fight, but a boy named Said started to hit him with a piece of wood. Mohammad Fadaee then according to his account, fell over. As Said was about to hit him again, he fatally stabbed Said once with a knife he held in self defence. Said was transferred to hospital, where died three hours later.Mohammad Fadaee was sentenced to death for the murder of Said on 12 March 2005. Although the five sentencing judges in his case found Mohammad Fadaee guilty, they also acknowledged in their written verdict that the stabbing was an act of self-defence and that he had not been adequately represented at his trial. Nevertheless, the death sentence against Mohammad Feda’i was upheld by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court, and has been approved by the Head of the Judiciary. Mohammad Fadaee had been due to be executed on 18 April 2007. However, the execution was stayed on the basis of the inadequate legal representation during his trial. A subsequent request to the Attorney General for a retrial was rejected, and a new execution date was set.
12. Mohammadreza Haddadi
Mohammadreza Haddadi was sentenced to death by hanging for an alleged murder of an old man at the age of 15. Mohammadreza is now 18 years old and is kept at the Adelabad prison in the central city of Shiraz, Iran. His appeal has been denied by the superior court and the file has been sent to the division of enforcement of verdicts and awaiting the final execution permit by Ayatollah Shahrudi, the head of Iran’s judiciary.More information:
|13. Safar Angooti
A 17-year-old Iranian youth who knifed and killed a rival suitor for a girl has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran, a newspaper said on 27/4/08. The accused attacked the victim after finding out he was talking to the girl in question, the Etemad daily said. “I have killed him but not intentionally,” the young man, who was identified only with his first name Safar, told the court. “I did this because I was inexperienced and I was angry. I ask them (the family of the victim) to forgive me,” he said. But the victim’s father said Safar had killed his son Mehdi and deserved the punishment. “I don’t know the reason why they got into a fight but Safar has killed my son and he should be killed,” he said.Safar Angooti was scheduled for execution May 6, 2009, but the execution has been postponed.
14. Soghra Najafpour is accused of killing the 8 year old child of an doctor in the city of Rasht, where she lived with the family as a maid since the age of 9. Soghra was 12 years old at the time and denied the charges. She spent all of her adult life, 17 years, in prison and is now 30 years old.Soghra was released from prison on bail in the beginning of October, but now she has been called by the Judiciary to return to prison. After the family of the victim demanded Soghra’s execution, her family were notified that Soghra must report back to the prison authorities within 5 days. Once Soghra realized that upon return to prison she would be executed she ran away scared and has not been seen since.
|15. Aadel is sentenced to death for murdering a 17 year old boy named Alireza, when he was 15. The murder took place on 15/10/07 in Falavarjan, a town near the Esfahan province.
|16. Abbass Hosseini
Abbas Hosseini faces execution for a premeditated murder committed when he was 17 years old. He has been under sentence of death for two years.In July 2003 Abbas Hosseini was reportedly helping a man, a member of the Revolutionary Guard, to move furniture in his house. He says the man made sexual advances to him. Abbas Hosseini then managed to leave the house by promising that he would return with his girlfriend. In a fit of rage he returned to the house in order to “teach the man a lesson.” He lured the man outside, supposedly to meet the girlfriend, and stabbed him once with a knife. The man died shortly afterwards as a result of his injuries.
Abbas Hosseini is held in the Mashhad Prison. According to his family and lawyer, he has displayed exemplary behaviour in prison from where he has completed his secondary education.
He had been scheduled to be executed on 1 May 2005, then his execution was stayed until 8 May 2005 and finally his case was referred to the judiciary in Tehran for review.
|17. Abdolkhaleq Rakhshani from Golestan; his sentence to death was upheld by Branch 2 of the Golestan Appeal Court on 16 March 2006.
|18. Abumoslem Sohrabi was 17 years old when he was convicted of killing a 25 year- old named Amin in Firoozabad in the Fars province.
Ahmad has been imprisoned since November 2006 for murder of his cousin Saeed. He was sentenced to death on 21 November 2007. One judge believed Ahmad had acted in self-defence, however on verdict of majority of the judges he was sentenced.More information:
|20. Ahmad Jabari from Khuzestan, was sentenced to death for a killing committed when he was 15. The sentence was upheld by Branch 29 of the Supreme Court.
|21. Ahmad Mortazavian allegedly stabbed another boy during a fight in 2007, when he was 15. He was sentenced by the penal court of Isfahan in January 2008 and he’s awaiting his appeal.
|22. Ahmad Nourzahi from Sistan-Baluchistan, was sentenced to death for carrying and supplying heroin, apparently when he was 12.
|23. Akoo (Abu) Hosseini from Kordestan, was sentenced to death for murder. The sentence was upheld by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.
|24. Ali Alijan
Ali Alijan, aged 19, was taken to be executed on 20 September 2006 for a crime committed when he was under the age of 18. He was taken to the gallows and had the noose tied around his neck. At the last minute, the family of his victim halted the execution.Ali Alijan was sentenced to death for the murder of a young man called Behrooz in March 2004. During his trial before Branch 71 of Tehran Province Criminal Court, he insisted that the killing was not premeditated
|25. Ali Hatemi
On November 25th 2006, Ali Hatemi was with his friend Satar Momenezhad in his neighbourhood when a fight broke out between them.More information:
Stop Child Executions news blog
|26. Ali Nourmohammadi
Ali Nourmohammadi was 16 when he killed one of his cousins in a fight. He was sentenced to death by Branch 24 of the General Court of Kermanshah, which has no jurisdiction over juvenile cases. All the other defendants in the case were over 18. Two others involved in the fight, Ali Nourmohammadi’s uncle and another cousin, were sentenced to diyeh for injuring Ali Nourmohammadi. The sentences were confirmed by Branch 6 of Kermanshah Appeal Court.
Ali Nourmohammadi has been in prison for nine years hoping that the issue can be resolved within the family.
|27. Alireza Movassili Roudi from Qom, was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 16.
|28. Amir Chalehchaleh
At the age of 17, Amir Chalehchaleh and two of his brothers became involved in a fight with another group during which a young person was killed. Amir Chalehchaleh was arrested and initially confessed but later denied that he had been the killer. He was sentenced to death.
In his appeal, Amir Chalehchaleh refuted his confession and identified one of his brothers as the killer. The brother had been released on bail and subsequently disappeared. The court rejected Amir Chalehchaleh’s appeal and sentenced him to death.
The Supreme Court initially rejected the verdict on account of deficiencies in the investigation and the prosecution case, but subsequently confirmed it. However, the Head of the Judiciary has sent the case twice to the Discernment Branch of the Supreme Court, whose decision is awaited.
|29. Amir Karim Bahram
According to a report by Human Rights Reporters Committe in Iran, Amir Karim Bahram who was convicted of murder during a group fight four years ago when he was 17, has had his death sentence confirmed by appeal court. Karim is being held in Mahabad prison in northwest Iran.
Amir has denied the charge from the beginning and claims someone else is responsible for the crime. He did not have a lawyer during his trial, and upon the request of victim’s family he was been sentenced to death. It is feared that Amir’s death sentence be carried out soon.
|30. Behador Khaleqi
Behador Khaleqi was sentenced to death on 31 June 2005 by Branch 1 of Saqqez General Court for a killing committed when he was 16. The sentence was confirmed on 13 March 2006 by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.According to details given in the verdict, on 7 May 2005 Behador Khaleqi and some friends were involved in a drunken fight with another group during which someone was killed.
|31. Benyamin Rasouli
Benyamin Rasouli was sentenced to death for alleged murder at the age of 16. Benyamin who was unable to obtain a pardon from the victim’s family is kept in ward 4 of Rajaishahr prison in the city of Karajk, and after 5 years imprisonment faces execution.
According to the Iranian Etemaad newspaper, a 16 year old boy name Faramarz (last name unknown), is accused of killing another boy with a knife in a fight in the city of Karaj, Iran.More information
|33. Feyz Mohammad
Feyz Mohammad, an Afghan national, was sentenced to death by a juvenile court in Karaj in 2004. Aged 16 at the time, he was convicted of drug-trafficking, distributing approximately seven kilograms of morphine, and being a member of a drug-trafficking gang.
Feyz Mohammad reportedly confessed to transporting drugs for his boss, who was a drugs smuggler. It is not known whether he had access to a lawyer after his arrest, or in what circumstances he made this confession.In September 2004, Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on his behalf. No further information about the case is known.
|34. Feyzollah Soltani, was sentenced to death by a Revolutionary Court in Yazd for carrying and supplying drugs, and drug addiction.
|35. Gholam Nabi Barahouti from Yazd, was sentenced to death for murder and theft, committed when he was 16, by Branch 10 of Yazd General Court on 6 February 2003. The sentence was upheld by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.
|36. Habib Afsar from Qom, was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 15.
Hamed is an 18 year old boy who was sentenced to death in May 2007 for killing a neighbor at the age of 15. In his court testimony, he said he tricked the neighbour into giving him money, believing that Hamed meant to give it to his father. Later when the victim understood that Hamed had lied, they got into a fight, where Hamed stabbed the man. During his court testimony Hamed stated that he did not intend to kill, and asked forgiveness of the victim’s family.Although the two sons of the victim did not want Hamed to be executed, his 4 daughters demanded his death penalty. Thereafter the 5 judges unanimously confirmed the death penalty.
Hamid (surname unknown) from Shahriar was sentenced to qesas for murder by Branch 71 of Tehran Province General Court in October 2005. The crime was committed on 27 July 2004, when Hamid was 17 years old.According to reports, Hamid stabbed a man, Davood Karimi, during a scuffle with several men over an incident that had taken place earlier that day. He confessed to the police, stating that he had stabbed Davood Karimi because he was surrounded by several men who were attacking him, but that he had not intended to kill him.
The family of the victim asked to exercise their right to retribution and called for the execution to be carried out. No further details about the case are known.
|39. Hamid Reza
Hamid Reza from Gorgan is reported to be at risk of execution for a murder allegedly committed when he was 14 years old. He was arrested two hours after the crime.
|40. Hamzeh Setani
Hamzeh Setani was sentenced to death for murder when he was 17 for the murder of his 20-year-old friend, Mehdi. During a quarrel with Mehdi, Hamzeh Setani stabbed him and he died seven months later in a hospital in Tehran.Note: a youth called Hamzeh was pardoned in exchange for diyeh in 2007 but not clear if it was the same person
|41. Hani Momeni Yasaqi from Golestan, was sentenced to death by the Gorgan General Court on 20 November 2004. Branch 26 of the Supreme Court upheld the sentence on 9 March 2005.
|42. Hedayat Niroumand
In December 2006, Hedayat Niroumand from the Qarni village, a 14 or 15 year old Kurdish boy, was reportedly sentenced to death for killing his father. He had reportedly been arrested six months earlier – in around June 2006.More information:
Kurdistan human right defence organization
Hossein is sentenced to death for allegedly killing 30 year old Ali with a fruit knife during a group street fight on November 9, 2006. His sentence was approved on by Branch 31 of Iran’s supreme court. Hoseein claims that his confession was obtained under pressure and that he was not guilty, although witnesses in court have testified against him.
|44. Hossein Azad
It is not confirmed if this person is the same as other two Hossein’s (no last name) on the list.
Kamal was reported to be sentenced to death by the state run news agency ISCANEWS. He was charged for murdering a man named Shahin (24) one year earlier, (10 April 2007) according to the report. It is not clear whether Kamal was 17 at the time of the alleged crime or he was 17 years old at sentencing.
|46. Khodamorad Shahemzadeh from Sistan Baluchistan was sentenced to death in Zahedan for carrying and supplying narcotics following his arrest in July 2005 when he was 17.
|47. Khosrow was accused of killing his 20 year old roommate (Amin) on 12 July 2007 when he was 16, and was sentenced to death in November 2007.
A criminal court in Robat-e Karim, Tehran Province sentenced Mehdi (surname unknown) to death in March 2006 for killing a boy, Hamid, according to the Hamshahri newspaper. His brother Morteza was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for complicity in murder. According to the report, Mehdi stabbed Hamid with a knife during a fight in a park in Robat Karim, killing him. At the time of the trial, Mehdi was 18 and Morteza was 21. The incident had happened two years earlier, when Mehdi would have been 16. Hamshahri reported that Mehdi accepted the charge of intentional murder and that the mother of the victim had asked the court for a death sentence.
|49. Mehdi Pouran
17 year old Mehdi Pouran along with 3 other young boys (Hamid Taaghi, Ebrahim Hamidi, Mohammad Rezai) were sentenced to death for an alleged homosexual act in May 2008.
All 4 boys have denied the charge by the plaintiffs and claim that they have made up the story because of the argument they had after they got into avfight with the boys, because the plaintiffs were vandalizing the agricultural land of Mohammad Rezai’s father.According to the boys later the local police in few occasions tried to obtain their confession by beating and torture which they still refused. The boys who were released on bail after one month imprisonment appeared at the 2nd branch of Penal court of Northern city of Tabriz in Eastern Azerbaijan province.
According to their new attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei, three family members of the complainant falsely testified in the court. The death sentences were ordered on July 20, 2008 by the Islamic judges based on Iran’s Sharia Law, which allows such sentencing without sufficient proof or witnesses but only based on “‘Judges understanding” (Elme Ghazi) of the case!
Mehyar (surname unknown) was arrested in December 1999 for the murder of a 58-year-old woman in her home during a burglary. He was sentenced to death by Branch 2106 of Tehran General Court. He also received a sentence of flogging for possession of alcoholic drinks, and three years’ imprisonment for theft. It is common in Iran that people sentenced to prison terms in addition to the death penalty serve some or all of their prison sentence before execution.
|51. Mehyar Anvari
Mehyar Anvari from Golestan, was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 17, by Branch 3 of Khorramabad General Court. The sentence was confirmed by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court.
|52. Mohammad Ghos
Mohammad Ghos (son of Mohmmad Sharif) is an Afghan boy who is facing execution in Iran. Mohammad was arrested at the age of 17 in the Havai circle in Mashhad in the Eastern part of Iran, and charged with smuggling narcotics. He was charged with carrying 820 grams of crystal meth which he had swallowed before crossing the Iranian border with a false passport. Mohammad was from the village of Faghedan near the city of Harat in Afghanistan.Mohammad was sentenced to death by a court in Mashad, Iran and he is presently kept in Vakilabad prison. Mohammad is anticipated to be executed soon at the age of 18.
|53. Mohammad Jahedi
Mohammad Jahedi from Fasa is sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 16. He has spent 5 years in the Adel Abad prison of the central city of Shiraz.
|54. Mohammad Jamali Paghale
Mohammad Jamali Paghale was 15 when he allegedly killed his friend. He was initially sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a children’s court. However, the Supreme Court overturned this and issued a death sentence.
|55. Mohammad Mavari
Mohammad Mavari from Golestan was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 16, by Branch 2 of Kordkuri General Court. The sentence was confirmed by Branch 40 of the Supreme Court.
|56. Mosleh Zamani
According to a report by the Association in Defence of Political Prisoners and Human Rights in Iran, a 17 year old teenager, Mosleh Zamani, had been sentenced to death in 2006, after serving four years of imprisonment for having a sexual relationship with his girlfriend.He was reportedly found guilty of abducting a woman some 10 years older than him, with whom he was allegedly having a relationship, and forcing her to have sex with him. There are conflicting reports as to whether Mosleh Zamani was aged 17 or 18 at the time the alleged abduction took place.
His sentence was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court in early July. He is held in Sanandaj. The judge, Brojerdi, and his adviser Seyed Hassan Jafari of the Appeal Court #27 of the Supreme Court of Iran, approved the death sentence, and have already instructed the authorities in the city of Sanandaj to execute Zamani. His sentence, which was delivered on 17 July to judicial authorities charged with carrying out verdicts, could be carried out at any time.
Mostafa (surname unknown) was convicted in around August 2005 of killing an intoxicated man in the Pars district of Tehran. According to the report, Mostafa was 16 years old at the time and had been trying to stop the man from harassing a girl. The man reportedly started hitting Mostafa, who eventually killed him in the ensuing scuffle.
|58. Mostafa Naqdi
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.
|59. Mostafa Sa’idi from Central Province, was sentenced to death for murder in Saveh. The sentence was upheld by Branch 42 of the Supreme Court.
|60. Nabavat (or Nabout) Baba’i
In 2002 or 2003, a game between 17-year-old Nabavat Baba’i and another youth, Zabihollah Qasemian, turned serious after Zabihollah allegedly broke a light on Nabavat Baba’i’s motorbike and fled into a nearby shop. Nabavat Baba’i followed him in and allegedly threw a metal rod at his head, injuring him.
Delays in getting Zabihollah Qasemian to hospital contributed to his death.
The court sentenced Nabavat Baba’i to death, which was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2006. The victim’s father does not want retribution, but the victim’s mother does.
|61. Na’im Kolb’ali from Sistan-Baluchistan, was sentenced to death for drug addiction when he was 15, by Branch 102 of Zahedan General Court.
|62. Naser Qasemi
Naser Qasemi, a resident of Siyah Kamar Sofla, near Mahidasht, Kermanshah, was only 15 years old at the time of the killing for which he was convicted. He has been in prison facing execution for more than eight years, during which he has been sentenced to death on no less than three occasions.
According to the verdict, issued on 20 August 1999, Naser Qasemi went with his uncle to a farm to steal maize. The owners noticed them and tried to stop them. In the fight, the uncle’s gun allegedly fell to the ground and Naser Qasemi fired it. One person died. The uncle escaped but Naser Qasemi was arrested.Naser Qasemi was tried in October or November 1999 and sentenced to payment of diyeh (blood money). The Supreme Court ruled that this verdict contravened Islamic law, and subsequently the General Court sentenced Naser Qasemi to qesas (death). The Supreme Court then found the verdict deficient because of the lack of a confession.
The General Court sentenced him to death again, and the Supreme Court confirmed the sentence. This sentence was however overturned because the investigation should have been conducted by the children’s court and so it was sent there for investigation.
Subsequently, Branch 106 of Kermanshah Criminal Court (Children) again sentenced Naser Qasemi to qesas. The relatives of the victim want 70 million rials (approximately US$7,500) as diyeh which Naser Qasemi’s family cannot raise.
|63. Nazbibi Ateshbejan from Semnan, who was sentenced to death for supplying drugs when she was 16 years old by Branch 107 of Khorramabad General Court on 1 May 2006. The sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 12 February 2006.
Ne’mat (surname unknown) was 17 when the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in around May 2006, placing him at imminent risk of execution. Ne’mat was reportedly arrested for the January 2003 murder of his sister Zohra’s husband, Haydar Ali. According to children’s rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh, he was 15 years old at the time.After his arrest, Ne’mat reportedly denied involvement in the killing. However, following interrogation, he confessed.
|65. Nemat Safavi
According to Human Rights Activists in Iran 16 year old Nemat Safavi was sentenced to death for homosexual acts. He has been imprisoned for 30 months in the Juvenile prison of the western city of Ardebil in Iran. His death penalty verdict has now been sent to Iran’s superior court for final approval.
15 year old Nosrat was initially convicted of murder by a lower court judge, but was found innocent by 2 of the 5 judges in an Iranian appeal court. During the appeal process 3 of the panel of 5 judges confirmed the death penalty, but the 2 others voted against it, stating that the mental age and maturity must be given the priority. Since the 5 judges could not come to a unanimous decision, the case is sent to the Iran’s supreme court for final determination.More information:
|67. Omaraddin Alkuzehi from Yazd, was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 17 by Branch 101 of Taft General Court on 31 December 2003. The sentence was upheld by Branch 26 of the Supreme Court.
|68. Omid Sarani from Sistan-Baluchistan, was sentenced to death for a murder committed when he was 17, by Branch 102 of Zahedan General Court.
|69. Rahim Ahmadi
Rahim (20) is convicted of a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old. On August 8, 2005, Shiraz police were informed that a young man identified as Reza was stabbed and killed by a 15 year-old youth identified as Rahim Ahmadi, and that the attacker fled the scene. According to his lawyer, some of the judges have acknowledged that Rahim used a knife in his self defence, however Rahim was sentenced to death, and his sentenced was approved by the Supreme Court and acknowledged by the head of judiciary.According to his lawyer, Rahim could be executed at any moment.
|70. Rasoul Eyvatvandi
Rasoul Eyvatvandi was 17 when he shot dead one of his friends in an act of revenge. He was sentenced to qesas, which was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
|71. Rasoul Mohammadi
Rasoul Mohammadi was 17 when he was scheduled to be executed at the same time as his father, Mousa Ali Mohammadi. Both were to be flogged 74 times before their execution.
Rasoul Mohammadi and his father had been found guilty by a court in Esfahan of abducting 40 young girls, stealing their jewellery and raping at least four of them. They apparently confessed to the charges during interrogation. They were sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment, flogging and execution.
Mousa Ali Mohammadi was publicly executed in Esfahan as scheduled at 16 April 2005, but Rasoul Mohammadi received a stay of execution, reportedly because of ambiguities about his age.
|72. Rasoul Nouriyani from Hamedan, was sentenced to death for rape by Hamedan General Court.
|73. Rasoul Safari
Rasoul Safari was sentenced to death by Branch 1 of the General Court of Gilangharb on 7 September 2005 for a killing committed when he was 17. On 19 March 2006 Branch 33 of the Supreme Court found the verdict deficient.
According to reports, on 5 November 2004 Rasoul Safari had gone to the mountains with two friends. That evening, the man who was subsequently killed went to the mountains with a friend intending to frighten Rasoul Safari and his friends as a joke. They scared the three friends by throwing stones and howling like a wild animal. The three hurried from the mountains, but the man followed them and, with his head and face hidden, attacked them with a club (gorz). This led to a fight between the man and the three friends, during which Rasoul Safari allegedly killed the man with a stab to the stomach.
During the trial, Rasoul Safari denied the charge and said: “I did not carry out a killing. The confessions I made were [made] under …torture.”
16 year old Reza was together with another boy, Mohammed, 18, sentenced to death for raping and killing 9 year old Karim Tajik and 10 year old Mohammed Shiri in April, 2007. The teenagers were also sentenced to three years in prison and 100 lashes.
According to a state-owned Iranian daily, the suspects confessed to raping the boys, tying them up and then tossing them into the river in Marvdasht town to drown them. There were two other suspects in the crime, one of whom was acquitted and the other sentenced to flogging.According to Reza’s lawyer, Reza was raped the day before the murder and was made to “confess” under torture. During a court appearance, Reza reportedly said: “… Prior to committing the crime, I was raped several times by my friends who are defendants in the case. They filmed me while raping me and threatened that they would distribute the film in town if I did not cooperate with them. I was forced to cooperate with them for fear of my family’s honour…”
|75. Reza Hajizadeh
Reza Hajizadeh was sentenced to death for being the cause of death of a another child during child play when he was only 13 years old. After 5 years imprisonment Reza has not been able to obtain pardon from victim’s family and therefore now that he is 18 years of age, he is facing execution. Reza is being kept in ward 2 of Rajai-shahr prison of Karaj among dangerous criminals.
|76. Reza Padashi
Reza Padashi was sentenced to death for killing his friend in 2003, when he was 16.More information:
|77. Sadegh Ahmadpour from Chahar Mahal/Bakhtiari was sentenced to death for a killing committed when he was 17 by Branch 104 of Shahikord General Court. The sentence was upheld by Branch 27 of the Supreme Court on 22 July 2004.
|78. Sa’id Arab from the Golestan province, was sentenced to death for murder.
|79. Salah Taseb
Salah Taseb son of Nameq born 1990 who committed murder in the age of 15, was transferred to Sanandaj prison at 22 June 08 from the Youth Offending Centre for his sentence to be carried out. He had just turned 18. He and his family was told that his execution was being scheduled for the end of Tir 1387 = 23rd June till 23rd July 2008.)
|80. Salman Akbari from Ardabil, was sentenced to death by Bakhsh Arshaq General Court on 13 July 2003 for a killing committed when he was 17.
|81. Siyavash Shirnejad from Nosratan was sentenced to death for murder by Branch 107 of Khorramabad General Court on 9 May 2006.
16 year old Vahid from Tehran was reportedly sentenced to death for the murder of his friend Mehdi. He claims that he killed him in self-defence after Mehdi tried to sexually assault him. No further details are known. A youth named Vahid was executed in Evin Prison in September 2006, but it is not clear if this was the same person or not.
|83. Vahid Latifi
Not confirmed if he is the same as Vahid (no last name) above.
|84. (Seyed) Vahid Mousavi
Seyed Vahid Mousavi was sentenced to death for an alleged of murder at the age of 17. He has been imprisoned for 8 years and is being kept in ward 4 of Rajaishahr prison in Karaj. Vahid has been unable to obtain pardon from victims’s family and faces execution.
|85. Zolf’ali Hamzeh from Central Province, was sentenced to death for rape and murder by Branch 2 of Saveh General Court.
|At least 55 other child offenders reportedly remain on death row in Iran. Their names, gender and ages (where known) at the times of their alleged crimes are as follows:
|At least 16 Afghan nationals
According to the Child Rights Support Section of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), at least a further 16 juvenile offenders are reportedly held in prisons in Iran charged with drug smuggling. In October 2007, the Iranian deputy foreign affairs minister denied that any Afghan children had been executed or were under sentence of death. He said that drug smuggling was a crime in Iran and that those who do this and are minors will be tried in a special court for children, and will not be sentenced to death penalty.In fact, anyone who commits this crime, be they Iranian or foreigners will be dealt with through legal channels. On 2 November 2007, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul summoned the Iranian representative there to complain, amongst other things, about reports that Afghan minors had been sentenced to death for smuggling drugs. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Kabir Farahi reportedly said â€œthese children are being misused by drug smugglers and their conviction is contrary to human rights, international standards and the very good relations between two countries.”
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