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GENEVA: The UN rights body yesterday harshly criticised Iran for reportedly executing a man who was only 17 at the time of his alleged crime.
“The death penalty cannot be imposed for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age,” insisted Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The UN agency was “deeply dismayed” to learn of the reported execution of 21-year-old Ali Naderi last Wednesday for his alleged role in the murder of a woman when he was 17, she said.
She underscored that Iran was a party to several international treaties that “impose an absolute ban on the death sentence against persons below the age of 18 at the time when the offence was committed.” Last week’s execution was the first of a juvenile offender in the country since September 2011, she said, acknowledging that it appeared authorities had “made efforts to prevent such cases.”