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Juvenile Offender Hanged in Iran; Grandfather Carried Out Execution

7 Mar 14
Juvenile Offender Hanged in Iran; Grandfather Carried Out Execution

Iran Human Rights; March 7, 2014: Mehras Rezaei, a 21-year-old juvenile offender, was hanged in Northern Iran for an alleged murder he committed at the age of 17, according to local official media. 

According to official local Bloghnews, a juvenile offender was executed in Mazandaran last week. His identity has been reported as 21-year-old Mehras Rezaei who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for the murder of his cousin when he was 17 years old.

The report states their grandfather not only chose retribution for his grandson, but personally carried out Meras' execution himself.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) has now through an independent source confirmed the execution of Mehras and that he was 17 year old at the time of committing the alleged offence.

Iran is one of the few countries in the world that still carries out the death penalty for juvenile offenders. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the Islamic Republic is a signatory to, prohibits the issuance and implementation of the death penalty for crimes committed by an individual below 18 years of age.