IRAN. NINE MINORS WAITING TO BE HANGED
February 4, 2008: nine minors condemned to death in Iran are waiting in prison for their 18th birthday when they will be executed.
Benjamin Rasouli, Behrooz Shojaii, Morteza Feizi, Massoud Kafishir, Saiid Gazi, Hossein Taranj, Mehdi Azimi, Hamed Pour Heydari and Mostafa Naghdsi are all minors that committed crimes during their adolescence.
All were found guilty by Islamic courts and condemned to death. The teenagers are being detained in prison in Rajaishahr, around 100 kilometres from Tehran.
Iran is a signatory to all the conventions that ban the death penalty for minors. (Sources: AKI, 04/02/2008)