Iran: Juvenile offender nearing execution

6/21/2014 12:01:34 PM

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

UA: 158/14 Index: MDE 13/037/2014 Iran Date: 19 June 2014
URGENT ACTION
JUVENILE OFFENDER NEARING EXECUTION

Juvenile offender Razieh Ebrahimi has been sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in 2010 when she was 17 years old. Her death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences, so it could be carried out at any time.
Razieh Ebrahimi was sentenced to death in 2010 under qesas (retribution-in-kind) by Branch 17 of the Criminal Court in Ahvaz, which found her guilty of killing her husband the same year, when she was 17.
She is reported to have admitted killing her husband while he was asleep. She has said that she did so after years of being abused, physically and psychologically. Razieh Ebrahimi was married to her husband at the age of 14.
Amnesty International understands that the execution of Razieh Ebrahimi was to be implemented a few months ago, but was stopped after she told the authorities that she had committed the crime when she was 17.
Her lawyer has since submitted a retrial request to the Supreme Court on the grounds that she was under 18 at the time of the crime. The Supreme Court has refused this request.
Sentences of qesas are not open to pardon or amnesty by the Supreme Leader. Once a qesas sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court, it can be implemented at the request of the family of the murder victim at any time.
Please write immediately in Persian, English, Spanish or your own language:
Urging the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Razieh Ebrahimi;
Calling on them to ensure her case is reviewed urgently with a view to overturning her death sentence and that any extenuating circumstances relating to allegations of domestic violence are considered;
Reminding them that Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), both of which prohibit the use of the death penalty against people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18;
Reminding them that under Article 6(4) of the ICCPR, anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to seek pardon or commutation of the sentence.