Iran: Juvenile executions 'practically stopped'

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June 22, 2007 20:50

Iran's judiciary spokesman said Friday that the execution of people under the age of 18 has "practically stopped" in the country and the government is working to outlaw the practice, the official IRNA news agency reported. Ali Reza Jamshidi's comments came two days after Human Rights Watch called on Iran to stop executing juveniles, saying the country was the world's leading offender. "The execution of children under the age of 18 practically stopped years ago," IRNA quoted Jamshidi as saying Friday. Jamshidi said the judiciary had proposed a bill that would outlaw juvenile executions and hoped the country's legislators would soon approve it, IRNA reported.


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