17-Year-Old Offender Scheduled to Be Executed in 2 Days
Breathing in Confinement – Amirhossein Pourjafar, 17-year-old prisoner has been taken to solitary confinement of Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj in order to be executed in 2 days.
According to the reports obtained by Prisoners’ Rights League in Iran (PRLI), the juvenile offender will be executed on October 19th if the last attempts to obtain the consent of the victim’s family fail.
Mojtaba Farahbakhsh, Amirhossein Pourjafar’s lawyer told PRLI’s reporter that his client is still not 18 years old and continued: “Mr. Pourjafar has been transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison. His execution has been scheduled for October 19th. We may be able to meet Setayesh Goreishi’s family to ask for the consent.”
“About my client’s age, the Penal Code of 2013 is based on the solar calendar and I see it differently that the Prosecutor.” He stated.
Varamin’s Prosecutor had said yesterday that the inmate’s age would be counted according to the lunar calendar.
Mr. Farahbakhsh said: “We are in the holy month of Muharram so I did not the execution to be scheduled for now and we hope that the Goreishi family would give him some time.”
Right now Amirhossein Pourjafar is just one step away from the gallows.
Amirhossein Pourjafar had been arrested in April 2016 on charge of raping and killing Setayesh Goreishi, a 6-year-old girl from the Afghan minority of Iran and sentenced to death for rape, retaliation for murder and fines for committing crimes on the corpse in branch 7 of the Criminal Court of Tehran Province. Branch 32 of the Supreme Court upheld the verdict exactly.
His lawyer had said that Amirhossein Pourjafar had been hospitalized in a mental health clinic however the forensics confirmed his mental health.
In a statement on October 13th, Amnesty International had urged the Iranian authorities to halt the execution and commute Amirhossein’s sentence to imprisonment.
It should be mentioned that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is unequivocal in its absolute prohibition on the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people below 18 years of age.