Stop Child Executions (see sidebar) has written a letter to the head of judiciary in Iran challenging him to put those who executed Delara Darabi on trial. It may not achieve anything, but is such an obvious strategy I don’t know why nobody else has tried it.
The letter in full reads:
"Your Excellency Ayatollah Shahrudi, the head of Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
The unexpected news of the execution of Ms. Delara Darabi in the prison of city of Rasht has raised many questions in the minds of the caring citizens of Iran and the world.
Despite your official order for a two month stay of the execution and without any prior notice to her family or attorneys, in the early morning hours of Friday May 1, 2009 Delara Darabi was hanged.
According to official laws of the Islamic Republic, Iranian juveniles convicted to death sentence only after 48 hours official notice to the family and attorneys and only in their presence can be executed; however neither of these requirements was met in the case of Delara Darabi.
Your Excellency Ayatollah Shahrudi:
Presuming that the Islamic Republic despite its official ratifications of the both UN Conventions of the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Prisoners which had also been approved by Iran’s Guardian Council has no obligation in their implementations and can execute those juveniles who have committed a crime before the age of 18:
Presuming that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no obligation to respect the international laws as its own after they have already been approved by the Iranian parliament:
Presuming that it was legal and just that the initial court hearing of Delara Darabi continued its session without the presence of her first attorney:
Presuming that a few hours of court time were sufficient enough to decide the life or death of a young girl:
Presuming that the initial confession that was taken from Delara Darabi was true and a scared 17 year old minor should not have been made aware of her self-incrimination rights and consequences of such confession before obtaining it:
Presuming that the five years that Delara languished in prison, claiming her innocence until the end had no weighted significance:
Presuming that Delara Darabi had no legal appeal rights for reconstruction of the murder scene to establish whether or not this small framed left-handed girl committed the offence or not:
Presuming that Delara Darabi was guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt and her 17 years of age had no bearing on the death penalty verdict:
Presuming that your official order as the head of the judiciary to grant a two month stay of execution for Delara Darabi had no significance to the lower judges, prison officials and the executioner in the city of Rasht:
Presuming that the victim’s family insisted on Delara Darabi’s immediate execution the day before she was hung:
Presuming that the numerously repeated words of "merciful and compassionate” in the very beginning of every chapter of the Muslim holy book Quran had no relevance to Delara Darabi’s fate:
Presuming all of the above 11 points:
- In accordance to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran was it not Delara Darabi’s right, for her family and attorney to be given 48 hours official notice before her execution?
- And at the very least as a human, a Muslim and an Iranian and according to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran did Delara Darabi have the right to have her family and attorney present at the time of hanging?
- On the day of the hanging of Delara Darabi were the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran violated or not?
- Why is one like Delara held responsible before the law for murder while the others responsible for her illegal execution are not?
- Should the written laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran be implemented or are they simply written words that can be violated by anyone with an official title or clothing?
Your Excellency, as the head of the judiciary if you expect Iranians to respect and act according to the written laws and be held responsible when the laws are broken, then also those who were responsible for the illegal execution of Delara Darabi should be brought to justice."
SCE also say that, according to Iranian newspapers, an unidentified 20 year old boy convicted of a murder in August of 2006 was hanged in the central city of Shiraz. He was probably 17 at the time of the alleged murder. SCE will be investigating his age and identity. If a juvenile, this would be the third known child execution in 2009.
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