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    Iranian Convict Faces Second Hanging

    Men prevent execution of convict after being pardoned by family of policeman he murdered, Mashhad, northeastern Iran, May 8, 2013.
    Men prevent execution of convict after being pardoned by family of policeman he murdered, Mashhad, northeastern Iran, May 8, 2013.
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    Iran's chief justice faced competing calls Thursday about whether to spare a convicted drug trafficker who was found alive at a morgue a day after being hanged.
     
    The prisoner, identified only as 37-year-old Alireza M., was pronounced dead by an attending doctor after initially being "put to death" at a government prison in northeastern Iran.
     
    But according to official state media, when the prisoner’s family went to collect his body the following day he was found to still be breathing.
     
    He is currently hospitalized, but a judge reportedly said he would be executed again “once medical staff confirm his health condition is good enough.”
     
    An Iranian human rights lawyer specializing in death penalty cases, Mohammad Mostafaei, says Iran’s chief justice has the power to stop the double execution.
     
    "Legally, someone who was already hanged, and remains alive, can be hanged again," he said. "But families of the victims in these types of situations have the right to ask for a stay of execution and in Alireza’s case it’s inhumane to hang him again."
     
    A group of Iranian lawyers signed a petition to Chief Justice Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani appealing for a stay in the exceptional case.
     
    The rights group Amnesty International urged Iranian authorities immediately halt Alireza M.’s execution and issue a moratorium on all others.
     
    Amnesty representative Philip Luther said "carrying out a second execution on a man who somehow managed to survive 12 minutes of hanging — who was certified as dead and whose body was about to be turned over to his family — is simply ghastly."
     
    He said the situation "betrays a basic lack of humanity that sadly underpins much of Iran’s justice system."
     
    According to the rights group, Iranian authorities have executed at least 508 people in 2013, including 221 executions that have not been officially confirmed. Amnesty claims the majority of these were connected to drug offences.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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    by: Change Iran Now from: USA
    October 19, 2013 12:24 AM
    Iran has a long and notorious history for the torture and severe treatment of its political prisoners and dissenters. It's an unfortunate aspect of the rule under Iran's mullahs who like any other tyrant are more concerned with preserving their power and hold over the people than in governing and leading them into a better future. Khamenei and his handpicked president Rouhani are going to chart a course for Iran that leaves little doubt over the fate of Christians, converts, political opponents, ethnic minorities and all others who are not in lock step with their Islamic view of the world. For all of the attempts at portraying a new moderate face of Iran, Rouhani is a loyal career hardliner. You can see his resume at www.hassan-rouhani.info. The only real hope for Iran's future and political prisoners is regime change.

    by: Qudratullah from: Domail
    October 18, 2013 5:06 AM
    Man is really cruel and wrong.

    by: Florence Masajuwa from: I. U, Okada, Nigeria
    October 18, 2013 1:21 AM
    I join others in appealing to the government and good people of Iran to pardon Alireza M from 'dying' a second time. He is simply a lucky man and only God knows why he survived all the ordeals in the first place.

    by: John el-amin from: US
    October 17, 2013 7:44 PM
    Does Amnesty International have any comment on US drone strikes, targeted assisinations by Israel and NATO bombings in Africa as human rights violations ? Or is the correct name of this NGO - Amnesia International ?

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