Monday, October 26, 2009

Iranian 'Blood Money' Law

Iran lawyer in 'blood money' plea
An Iranian lawyer has appealed for money to spare the lives of four of his clients, who face execution for murders committed when they were aged under 18.

"Mostafaie is defending 25 young people, all facing the death penalty

Under Iranian law, a family can pardon a relative's murderer,
and compensation - called blood money - is often paid.

Mohammad Mostafaie said he needed to raise
$200,000 (£120,700) to pay the families of his clients' victims.
Amnesty International says Iran has executed at least 42 juvenile offenders since 1990, flouting international law...Murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, and drug trafficking are all punishable by death in Iran."

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