International convictions multiplied this Wednesday after the execution in Iran of a man convicted of a murder he committed as a minor.
Arman Abdolali, 25 years old, He was executed this Wednesday for the murder of his girlfriend (whose body was never found), despite international protests that previously led to postponements of the application of this judgment that had been handed down in 2015.
The European Union (EU) condemned, for its part, “with the utmost firmness” this execution. “Sentences to the death penalty for crimes committed by minors under 18 violate international obligations, in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran acceded ”, stressed the spokesman for the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
A spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva stated: “It is deeply shocking that his hanging took place despite the intervention of various parties”, including direct contacts between the UN and Iran.
Likewise, several NGOs, such as Iran Human Rights (IHR) and Amnesty International (AI), among others, condemned this execution. The first asserted that Abdolali’s murder confession, which he later retracted, was extracted by torture.
The execution of Arman Abdolali it was carried out despite calls from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International to suspend it.
The maximum penalty was applied in the Rajai Shahr prison, near Tehran, under the “qesas”, the law of talion or eye for an eye, requested by the victim’s family, ad Mizan Online, the website of the Iranian judicial authority.
International Amnesty had called on October 11 for Iran to halt the execution of this 25-year-old who was arrested in 2014 and later found guilty of murdering his girlfriend.
The London-based human rights group said he had been sentenced to death twice, but the execution was stopped both times after an international protest.
The organization said that Abdolali had been sentenced to death for the first time in December 2015 after a “grossly unfair trial” held by a court that “relied on torture-tainted” confessions “” following the disappearance of his girlfriend the previous year.
According to the organization, Abdolali was sentenced to death again in 2020 in a new trial, since the court ruled that the adolescent was responsible for the facts before the lack of evidence to the contraryAmnesty reported.
UN human rights experts had also called on Iran to halt the execution.
“International human rights law unequivocally prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on anyone under the age of 18”Said the Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
In 2020 there were 246 executions in Iran, according to Amnesty International.
Iran has often faced international criticism for executing people convicted of crimes committed when they were minors, in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that has been ratified by the Islamic republic.
With information from AFP