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Mon May 5 20:46:31 CDT 2008
Europe Urges Iran to Spare Young Killer
The European Union has called for clemency for a young Iranian man
sentenced to death for his role in a fatal stabbing committed when he was
a minor. Iran has been criticized for its increasing use of the death
The European Union urged Iran to comply with international law and not go
forward with the planned execution of Behnoud Shojaee. The young man was
17 when he stabbed another boy with a piece of glass during a fight.
The European Union also called for Iran to also stop plans to execute "all
other juvenile offenders on death row."
Iran has executed at least 28 child offenders since 1990 and has another
86 children on death row, according to the human rights group Amnesty
Slovenia, which currently hold the rotating EU presidency, said that the
juvenile death sentences breach Iran's international obligations.
"The Presidency of the EU is deeply concerned by the news of the imminent
execution of Behnoud Shojaee," according to the statement released Sunday,
Shojaee's execution is planned for Wednesday, according to Amnesty
International. Shojaee is 20, but was 17 at the time of his crime. He
allegedly stepped into a fight between a friend and another boy and ended
up stabbing the other boy once with a shard of glass after being
threatened with a knife.
Executions on the rise in Iran
The EU wants Iran to give juvenile offenders a break
Iran has carried out numerous other executions in recent days, hanging a
dozen convicted criminals, according to media reports. At least 1 drug
trafficker was hanged in public, an Iranian newspaper report from Monday
Iran carried out 86 executions in 2008, according to a count by the news
Amnesty International reported that in 2007 Iran used the death penalty
more than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people. That
was a sharp increase from the 177 executions carried out in 2006.
Iran classes murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery as
capital offenses. Human rights groups have accused Iran of making
excessive use of the death penalty, but Tehran defends the practice as an
effective deterrent carried out after an extensive judicial process.
All 27 EU states have abolished the death penalty and the EU has led calls
for an international moratorium on the practice.
(source: Deutsche Welle)
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