UN rights experts urge Iran to halt execution of juvenile

Hamid Ahmadi was 17 years old when he was sentenced to death in 2009 for the fatal stabbing in 2008 of a young man during a fight between five boys. (File photo: Reuters)

A group of United Nations human rights experts are appealing to Iran to immediately halt the execution of juvenile offender is scheduled to be executed by hanging on Saturday.

Hamid Ahmadi was 17 years old when he was sentenced to death in 2009 for the fatal stabbing in 2008 of a young man during a fight between five boys.

Since then, Ahmadi’s execution was scheduled to take place and halted three times at the last minute.
The court relied on confessions reportedly obtained under torture and ill-treatment at a police station, where Admadi was denied access to a lawyer and his family.

“To our knowledge, in the case of Hamid Ahmadi, the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process contained in international human rights instruments have been disrespected and, the allegations of torture and confessions extracted under duress were not taken into consideration nor did the lead to any investigation,” the human rights experts said.

“Any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a Government’s international obligations, and particularly when a conviction is based on confessions extracted under torture, is unlawful and tantamount to an arbitrary execution,” they stressed.

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