URGENT ACTION: Execution Date for Mohammad Reza Haddadi Set for July 7, 2010

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – According to the announcement made by the parents of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, a young man who was charged and arrested at the age of 15 years old with committing a murder and consequently sentenced to death, his execution sentence will be carried out on July 7, 2010. The family of the juvenile offender condemned the sentence.

Mohammad Reza Haddadi was born on March 17, 1988. At 15 years old when Haddadi was arrested, he was involved in a robbery that led to a murder. At his court date on October 30, 2004, Haddadi confessed to robbery and murder by using a fan belt as a weapon. Haddadi confessed to the murder after a man over the age of 18 who allegedly was involved in the murder convinced Haddadi to confess and accept the murder charge in exchange for a sum of money. Haddadi was told that his confession would be taken lightly by the court since we was under the age of 18 years at the time of the murder.

A few days after his trial, Mohammad Reza Haddadi was visited by his mother who informed him that the “promised sum of money” was not paid. Haddadi was tricked and now he sits on death row awaiting execution for a murder that occurred when he was 15 years old.

International human rights organizations have always condemned the Islamic Republic of Iran for executing minors (under the age of 18 years old).

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