Urgent: Juvenile Offender Accused of Murder at 15 May Be Executed on Saturday

July 28, 2015, 11:21 p.m.

Amnesty International has issued a warning about the imminent execution of a juvenile offender in Iran

Iran Human Rights, July 28 2015: Salar Shadizadi is a juvenile offender in Rasht Prison who is reportedly set to be hanged to death on Saturday, August 1st for a murder crime he reportedly committed when he was 15. Salar's death sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court. In a recently published statement by Amnesty International the NGO urges Iranian authorities to stop Salar's execution.   In April 2015 Iranian authorities executed Jamal Saberi, a juvenile offender who was 17 years old at the time he was arrested and charged with murder and drug possession. Jamal was sentenced to death by Iran's Judiciary and hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison along with four more prisoners charged with murder.

Jamal reportedly suffered from severe psychological disorders and was held in Omid Abad Psychiatric Ward for some time before his execution. Iran is signatory to the United Nation's International Covenant of Civil and Political rights where in Article 6 it states: "Sentence of death shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen years of age..."