IRAN. TEEN SET TO ESCAPE EXECUTION
July 25, 2007: an Iranian teenager awaiting execution for murdering a drug dealer while he was a minor was saved from the gallows after his family reached a financial settlement with the victimâ€™s kin, his lawyer said. Sina Paymard, 19, was 16 when he murdered a drug dealer in a fight over drugs. Paymardâ€™s family was unable to raise the â€śblood moneyâ€ť asked for by the victimâ€™s family. The remaining 800 million rials (86,000 dollars), was donated by Dr Rassoul Ganji, a businessman and university professor.
â€śIt is not the first time he has paid to save someone from execution,â€ť lawyer Nasrin Sotudeh said. (Sources: Daily Times , 26/06/2007)