03 May, 2009

Delara Derabi had been executed !

Delara, was a young person (aged 17) accused of a serious crime (murder) who ended up receiving a death sentence despite the execution of child offenders being unequivocally banned under international law.

If this isn’t outrage enough, add in these four facts:

(1) There is dispute about the fairness of her trial, but no retrial was permitted

(2) She may have actually taken the blame for the killing to protect her boyfriend (tragically believing that as a juvenile she would at least not face hanging)

(3) Almost unbelievably, Iran’s Head of the Judiciary only very recently (19 April) ruled that nothing should happen in her case for at least two months

(4) The hanging went ahead today without even Delara’s lawyer being told, a blatant breach of the Iranian legal requirement that they should receive 48 hours' notice in these situations
And take a look at these outrageous statistics:

Iran has now already executed at least 140 people so far this year, with Delara becoming the second woman and the second child offender.

Since 1990 Iran has executed at least 42 child offenders, eight of them last year alone.

A young Iranian woman, who was accused of a committing a crime when she was 17 and whose sentencing had been condemned by international human rights organisations, was hanged earlier today, Iran Focus has learnt.

Iran Focus
Tehran, Iran, May 1 -A young Iranian woman, who was accused of a committing a crime when she was 17 and whose sentencing had been condemned by international human rights organisations, was hanged earlier today, Iran Focus has learnt.

Iran's Supreme Court earlier this month had approved a death sentence for Delara Darabi, a 23-year-old talented Iranian artist, who denied she had carried out the murder for which she was accused.

Darabi’s lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshah confirmed that she was hanged in a prison in the northern city of Rasht before he arrived at the scene.

Darabi and her boyfriend, Amir Hossein Sotoudeh, allegedly burgled the home of a cousin of Darabi's father in 2003, fatally stabbing the elderly woman.

Darabi, who initially confessed to committing the murder, was sentenced to death in 2003. However, she subsequently retracted her confession, saying that her boyfriend, who was 19 at the time, had convinced her to falsely admit to the murder on the grounds that she would not face the death penalty because she was under 18.

Her family say that her retraction never sparked a full criminal investigation and that the frail woman tried to commit suicide in prison in 2007.

Many of her paintings have a theme of suffering.

The human rights group Amnesty International says that Iranian authorities executed at least eight juvenile offenders in 2008 "in flagrant violation of international law", adding that Iran was the only country in the world in which juvenile offenders were known to have been executed in 2008.

The group says more than 130 child offenders are on death row in Iran.

Under Iranian law, girls above the age of nine and boys above the age of fifteen are considered as adults and could be executed for capital offences.

Under increasing international pressure, the Iranian regime keeps children on death row in Juvenile Prison until they turn 18.

Amnesty International has expressed outrage at the execution in Iran this morning of Delara Darabi, a child offender executed despite an international ban on capital punishment of those convicted of crimes committed when under the age of 18.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For way too long, countries like the Islamic Republic of Guilan have pretty much done as they've pleased. These defacto independent states feed off rivalry between greater regional powers and it is about time the world gets wise to the fact that these killer countries exist and are allowed to exist. The central Iranian government is weak and corrupt and allows its borders to be occupied by medieval style fiefdoms like Guilan and Baluchistan to operate as independent nations within its borders. Pakistan and Afghanistan are exactly the same. As an Iranian, I know that blaming the central government is futile and feeds these offshoot terrorist entities with governors who rule at a whim. It is therefore of no surprise that the Guilan dictatorship executed the innocent Delara Derabi even if the central Iranian judiciary had changed its mind. Guilan is ruled from Rasht and not Tehran (Guilan was an independent communist country in n1920-1921 and since 1979 has been pretty much independent as well). The world should get wise to these breakaway countries before it is too late (it is already too late for all the innocent victims they kill).

It is disgusting that Delara Derabi was killed by the Guilanese regime to sabotage dialog between good Iranians and Barack Obama's US government. Obama should give the Iranian governemt an incentive to crush the parasite republics that exist on Iranian soil (Iran is pro-US but its breakaway dictatorships do not want Iran to moderise or mend fences as it will spell their deathknell. At lease the Pahlavis had the guts to stand up to this scum unlike the weak Ayatollahs who just left them operate as it is easier.

May 05, 2009 7:21 PM  

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