01 February 2018 :
The Iranian authorities executed a young man convicted of murder who was only 15 years old at the time of his alleged crime.
Amnesty has learned that 22-year-old Ali Kazemi was hung earlier today in prison in Busher province. His execution was scheduled and carried out without any notice being given to Mr Kazemi’s lawyer, a requirement under Iranian law.
Yesterday, Kazemi’s family was told his execution had been scheduled for the next day and that they should go to Busher prison in the evening for a last visit. However, the same evening the family was told the execution had been halted. Earlier today, the authorities then phoned the family to reassure them that the execution had not taken place. However, at midday today, Kazemi’s family was suddenly told the execution had just been carried out.
Kazemi was convicted of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man during a fight in March 2011. He was 15 years old at the time the crime was committed.