February 20, 2006, Tehran, Iran (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ A judge at Tehranâ€™s Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death sentences for juvenile delinquents â€œwithout any consideration.â€
â€œExecution sentences will be issued to minors without considering other options,â€ Ahmad Mozaffari told the state-run news agency ILNA after Iranian courts issued execution sentences to a 15 year old and a 16 year old.
One minor was sentenced to execution recently, despite the fact that examination by a government-appointed physician showed that he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder.
One teenage boy, only identified by his first name Mohammad, was originally sentenced by the Supreme Court to serve five years behind bars. An appellate court, however, raised his sentence to death by hanging.
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