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Execution of the Juvenile Offender Postponed in Iran

17 Jan 18
Execution of the Juvenile Offender Postponed in Iran

Iran Human Rights (Jan 17, 2018): The execution of Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi, a Juvenile-offender who was in a death-row to be executed this morning at Qom Central Prison, was delayed for unknown reasons. A day before, the IHR and other international organizations called for immediate action of the international community. 

According to a close source, authorities had informed Abolfazl Chezahi Sharahi’s family that his execution was scheduled to be carried out on Wednesday, January 17. However, the execution of this juvenile-offender was delayed today for unknown reasons. However, he still stays in danger of execution.

Abolfazl is sentenced to death on the charge of murder during a street fight. He was born on January 16, 1999, and he was only 15 at the time of committing the crime on December 26, 2013.

His public defender asked for a checkup by the forensics on July 20, 2014, and the forensics report states: “The 15-year-old defendant who committed murder last winter, is mentally mature and aware of his action (murder).”

The juvenile offender is now 19 and is held at Qom Central Prison (Langaroud). Abolfazl could not afford a lawyer; Therefore, Iran Human Rights (IHR) asks Human Rights lawyers who have had similar cases before, to handle his case on the humanitarian basis. 

According to the Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, five juveniles have been executed in 2017. The international laws ban the execution of juveniles.