Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 21, 2020: Juvenile offender Shayan Saeedpour was executed this morning at the prison of Saqqez city, Kurdistan province.
IHR strongly condemns Shayan Saeedpour's execution and calls for a strong international reaction. IHR director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said: "Execution of juvenile offenders is an international crime and must be condemned by the international community, especially the European governments. The world must show that fundamental human rights are not forgotten under the Coronavirus pandemic.”
IHR warned about the possibility of implementation of his death sentence on April 19.
Iranian authorities have also executed a person on April 18 which could be a juvenile offender. The case is under investigation by IHR researchers.
Shayan murdered a person during a street fight when he was under 18. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly bans execution and life imprisonment of those who commit a crime at the age below 18.
Under Article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code, judges are allowed to issue alternative verdicts for the minors. The juvenile offenders whom a judge considers not mature enough to realize the nature of the crime committed can face prison terms.
However, a source close to Shayan’s family told IHR, “around two years after his arrest, the court sent Shayan to forensics to find out whether he was mature enough to realize the nature of crime or not. Forensic experts asked him just one question and concluded that he realized the nature of the crime.” IHR once again emphasises that Article 91 in the revised Iranian Islamic Penal Code is not enough to stop juvenile executions. Iranian authorities must stop issuing death sentences for children with no exception.
Shayan Saeedpour was one of the 80 prisoners who escaped from prison during a riot on March 27, 2020. Iranian authorities hanged one of the other prisoners following his re-arrest and implemented Shayan’s execution as an act to spread fear among the prisoners. During the past weeks, there have been many riots in Iranian prisons to protest the management of jails during the Coronavirus spread in Iran.
According to this source, Shayan was suffering from a mental illness and was under psychiatric consultation.
Shayan Saeedpour was born on September 21, 1997, and the crime date was August 13, 2015. His identity document is published by Iran Human Rights (IHR) at the bottom of this article.