EU alarmed over planned executions of juvenile offenders in Iran

The European Union leadership said it was "deeply worried" about the imminent execution of two juvenile offenders in Iran. The EU, currently chaired by France, said in a statement that it "deplores" Iranian authorities' decision to execute Mohammed Fadaei and Behnood Shojaee despite appeals by Brussels to commute their sentences. The convicts' crimes were not clear. In Iran, capital crimes include murder, rape and drug trafficking. The EU statement Tuesday said death sentences against minors are "unacceptable" and a "flagrant violation of Iran's international obligations and commitments." Iran executed a Kurdish-Iranian 16-year-old boy in June and Human Rights Watch recently said Iran plans to put four minors to death this summer.