boy,16, sentenced to death for murder
2004 Tuesday 16 November
TEHRAN –AFP- Iran's hardline judiciary has sentenced a 16-year-old
boy to death for murder, the reformist Shargh daily reported Tuesday.
According to the report, the boy -- only identified as Vahid from near
Tehran -- confessed to stabbing his friend Mehdi to death but insisted
he did it in self-defence, saying the victim wanted to sexually abuse
No further details were given, but verdicts can be appealed and death
sentences are subject to supreme court approval.
Under Iranian, any person who has reached the age of maturity -- considered
nine-years-old for girls and 15 years for boys -- can be executed for
But executions for those who committed their crimes while under the age
of 18 are rare.
Last month the judiciary said it has drawn up a bill that would scrap
the death penalty and lashings for under-18s -- meaning the sentencing
of the 16-year-old could be annulled.
Several Iranian human rights organisations and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Shirin Ebadi have been lobbying Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, the
head of the judiciary, not to sentence minors to death.
Murder, armed robbery, rape, apostasy and serious drug trafficking are
all punishable by death in Iran.