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Oct
2016
Friday 14th
posted by Morning Star in World

REPRIEVE called yesterday for more pressure on Iran not to hang a “child bride”.

The human rights charity said Zeinab Sekaanvand, who was 17 when she was arrested, could be hanged as soon as today.

Ms Sekaanvand was convicted of murdering her husband, whose abusive behaviour she had previously reported to authorities, following three weeks in custody in which she was allegedly beaten into confessing.

Her execution was postponed because she was pregnant but rescheduled once she miscarried.

Iran executes more people for its population size than any other country, putting almost 1,000 people to death last year.
Authorities say most of the executions are for drug-related offences.

Reprieve director Maya Foa said that many prisoners facing the noose as part of Iran’s “huge wave” of executions “were convicted for non-violent ‘crimes’ such as drug offences, while shockingly unfair trials and forced ‘confessions’ are the norm.”




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