July 27, 2015
Urgent Action Update: Youth Arrested At 15 Re-Sentenced To Death (Iran: UA 165/15)
Salar Shadizadi was sentenced to death again in November after a retrial in Iran. He has been on death row since 2007 for a crime committed when he was 15.
Salar Shadizadi was sentenced to death again in November after a retrial in Iran. He has been on death row since 2007 for a crime committed when he was 15. He had been granted a retrial after his execution was halted due to public pressure in December 2015.
Salar Shadizadi, aged 25, was sentenced to death for a second time in November for fatally stabbing a friend when he was 15 years old. He had been granted a retrial in early 2016 after the authorities halted his scheduled execution due to a global outcry in December 2015. His case was subsequently referred to a criminal court in Gilan Province in light of the new juvenile sentencing provisions in Iran’s 2013 Islamic Penal Code. These provisions give judges discretion to replace the death penalty with an alternative punishment if they determine that a juvenile offender did not understand the nature of the crime or its consequences, or their “mental maturity” at the time of the crime was in doubt. However, the criminal court resentenced Salar Shadizadi to death again after concluding that he was “mentally mature” at the time of the crime. Information provided to Amnesty International indicates that, to justify this conclusion, the court noted Salar Shadizadi’s decision to bury the dead body in his family’s garden in an attempt to hide the crime. He has now appealed against the death sentence to the Supreme Court.
Salar Shadizadi was arrested in February 2007 when he was 15 years old and sentenced to death in December 2007 after Branch 11 of the Provincial Criminal Court of Gilan Province convicted him of murder. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence in March 2008. Since then, on at least three occasions, Salar Shadizadi has been subjected to the mental anguish of being transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution and then told, days or hours before the scheduled date, that his execution has been postponed. The last time this happened was in December 2015, when the Prosecutor General of Gilan Province confirmed less than two days before the scheduled date that his execution had been postponed. In the days leading up to this, a worldwide campaign was mobilized by Amnesty International to call for Salar Shadizadi’s execution to be halted.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Urging the Iranian authorities to immediately commute Salar Shadizadi’s death sentence to a term of imprisonment;
- Urging them to amend Article 91 of the 2013 Islamic Penal Code to completely abolish, without any discretion for the courts or other exceptions, the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people below the age of 18, in line with Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
- Immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.
Contact below official by 27 January, 2017:
Office of the Supreme Leader
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 867-7086 I Phone: (212) 687-2020 I Email: [email protected]
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email [email protected] with “UA 165/15” in the subject line or click this link.