Stop Child Executions has just been informed that Seyed Reza Hejazi, a juvenile offender is scheduled for execution tomorrow morning at 4am. According his father, Reza has been transferred to solitary cell which holds prisoners who are executed in 24 hours. In violation of Iran’s own laws, Reza’s attorney Mohammad Mostafaei has not been informed by the authorities of the imminent execution.
Reza Hejazi – then aged 15 – was among a small group of people involved in a dispute with a man on 18 September 2004, which resulted in the man being fatally stabbed. Reza Hejazi was arrested and tried for murder, and on 14 November 2005 he was sentenced to Qesas (retribution) by Branch 106 of the Esfahan General Court. The sentence was approved by Branch 28 of the Supreme Court on 6 June 2006, although under Iranian law he should have been tried in a juvenile court. The case was referred for mediation between Reza Hejazi and the victim’s family, to try and arrange for the payment of diyeh, but no sum has yet been agreed. If no agreement is reached, Reza Hejazi will be executed.
Pease immediately contact the following individuals and ask for immediate halt to Reza’s execution:
Alireza Jamshidi, Spokesperson of Iran’s judiciary
+98 912 159 5504
Mohammad Shirj, Head of Judiciary Special supervision
+98 21 664 05170
+98 21 664 05171
+98 21 664 05172
+98 21 664 07070
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi