Behnood Shojaee to be executed in less than 48 hours


Behnood Shojaee to be executed in less than 48 hours
by SCE Campaign


بهنود شجاعی 

Behnood Shojaee, a juvenile on death row is in imminent danger of execution and is to be executed in less than 48 hours!

Despite the fact that his execution was postponed three times, a formal statement from the European Union was released condemning his execution, a joint letter and press conference by 24 human rights groups was written, help from celebrities, and a reduction in blood money, Behnood Shojaee faces execution on Christmas eve.

Two and a half years ago, 17-year-old Behnood Shojaee was convicted of killing a 19 year old boy named Omid during a street fight involving over a dozen boys.
Shojaee says that he tried to stop the fight and used a chard of glass from a broken soda bottle in self defence. He said he hit an attacker once only with the piece of glass. Shojaee's lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei argues that the coroner found several wounds by various objects making it unable to assess who was responsible for the fatal blow causing death.
At first the family of the victim wanted over 2 million dollars US in “blood money” compensation. After months of negotiation, and his execution being postponed three times, the “diyeh” was reduced to approximately $625,000 USD.

Shojaee who grew up with his grandparents since the death of his mother at age 10 from diabetes and a father living with depression from his tragic loss, he could not afford the required “diyeh”.
Three of Iran’s most prominent movie directors and actors ( Entezami, Parviz Parastooyi and Kiymars PoorAhmad) opened a joint account to help raise money for his “diyeh”. In an unprecedented measure, the Iranian judiciary froze the bank account, summoned the artists and threatened that “they shall be investigated and it shall be assumed that they are not aware of the special laws that were passed in 1997 by the State Expediency Council which have strengthened the punishments against corruption, embezzlement, and misappropriation and which carry punishments ranging from one to seven years of prison”.

On May 23rd 2008, in a joint statement, 40 European countries condemned the execution of Behnood Shojaee.

In August 2008 in a press conference in Geneva and one put on by Stop Child Executions in London, 24 human rights organizations demanded Iran to Stop the execution of Behnood Shojaee and Mohammad Fadaee as well as the 132 children on death row at the time.
Despite the international pressure, Shojaei could be executed in less than two days.
This is our last chance to save Behnood Shojaee’s life.

Stop Child Executions has informed the office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights at the United Nations, members of the Canadian Government and members of the EU.
We need you to bombard the phones, faxes and email of the head of Judiciary in Iran Ayatollah Shahroudi

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Phone: [00 98 21] 391 1109
Fax: [00 98 21] 390 4986
Email: (In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency 


Director, Human Rights Headquarters of Iran
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986 (there are problems with this line, please try three times)
Email: (In the subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)  
Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme LeaderIslamic Republic Street -
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Your Excellency 

Thank you,

Stop Child Executions



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by evden eve nakliyat (not verified) on

its realy good thank you....


IR executed 9 people on Christmas eve..

by Parthian on

Again for those who don't think this government is evil as some of us think, or think we exaggerate IR's evil deeds; they intentionally executed the 9 people on Christmas eve. One has to be a sadistic psychopath to do this kind of thing. The last 30 years is been a reign of bloody terror. I can not believe the despicable supporters here have no shame, continually suppor this government openly on this site.


Hanging with the wrong crowd!

by Anonymous irani (not verified) on

I hope he would be spared from execution.Living in Iran is the worst punishment and he is already paying for his crime by living there.Let the kid go,he has spent enough time in jail already.

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Behnoud was taken off execution list

by SCE Campaign on

In an email to SCE , Mohammad Mostafaei , attorney of Behnoud Shojaee wrote that Benhoud's name was taken off the execution list . However he still remains at risk of imminent execution. It is important to continue to demand the Islamic Republic Authorities to stop execution of Behnoud Shojaee . 8 men and 1 women were executed on Christmas even in evin prison of Tehran. We do not know the names but apparently Behnoud was not among them. Thank you for all your efforts and letters. 

Stop Child Executions





by Vivien Fleming (not verified) on

I have just emailed off letters as requested, the content of which is as follows. Please feel free to copy or use at will.


My name is Vivien Fleming and I am an Australian Citizen and resident. I have been alerted to the impending execution of Behnood Shojaee, a young man who was convicted of murder at the age of 17.

I am a Catholic Christian who objects to all Capital Punishment. N 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:_

"2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity with the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities that the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm—without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself—the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically non-existent" (Evangelium Vitae 56)".

As the condemned man is currently held in custody the State has provided a non-lethal means of protecting people’s safety from the condemned. Accordingly, on my respectful submission, there is no moral basis for the execution of this man.

As a Christian I find it morally offensive that your country seeks to execute a man on the eve of the most important Christian festival of the year, Christmas. Christmas celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, who himself was executed by the State.

I respectfully ask that you immediately reconsider Mr. Shojaee’s death sentence and grant clemency.

May the peace of God be with you.

Yours sincerely

Vivien Fleming.

Paymaneh Amiri

Good News: A Temporary Reprieve

by Paymaneh Amiri on

بهنود شجاعي از پاي چوبه دار بازگشت‏ مصاحبه با وکيل نوجوان محکوم به اعدام - چهارشنبه 4 دی 1387 [2008.12.24]

سارا مقدم

وکيل بهنود شجاعي، در گفت و گو با روز ايرادات حقوقي و سير رسيدگي به پرونده وي را تشريح کرد. پرونده بهنود ‏شجاعي که قبلا اعلام شده بود در فهرست اعداميان روز چهارشنبه 4 ديماه قرار دارد، ديروز بعد از درخواست دادستان ‏تهران براي بررسي بيشتر، بار ديگر در مرحله اجرا متوقف شد.‏

محمد مصطفايي وکيل بهنود شجاعي، در واپسين ساعاتي که موکل نوجوانش در فرصت مرگ و زندگي گرفتار ترديدهاي ‏موجود بود، به روز مي گويد: نظر شعبه 74 دادگاه در مورد اجراي حکم هنوز پس گرفته نشده. بلکه طبق درخواست آقاي ‏دادستان قضات اين شعبه فيلمي را که در آن اولياي دم در حضور شاهدان رضايت به گذشتن از قصاص بهنود شجاعي داده ‏بودند را بازبيني مي کنند. ‏

‏ قاضي مرتضوي، دادستان تهران، پس از ارسال پرونده بهنود شجاعي به اجراي احکام، با ارسال نامه اي به رئيس ‏دادسراي جنايي استان تهران خواستار بازبيني فيلمي شد که گفته مي شود در آن صاحبان خون در حضور پنج فردي که ‏براي رضايت گرفتن اقدام کرده بودند، رضايت خود را از عدم اجراي قصاص اعلام کرده بودند. ‏

به گفته محمد مصطفايي، پيش از اين، استشهاد شاهدان آن جلسه به شعبه 74 دادگاه تقديم شده اما مورد تاييد دادگاه مبني بر ‏رضايت صاحبان خون قرار نگرفته بود. ‏

مصطفايي در اين مورد مي گويد: طبق بند الف ماده 230 آيين دادرسي مدني، اثبات عفو از قصاص با گواهي دومرد ‏صورت مي گيرد. ما لايحه اي تقديم دادگاه کرديم که در آن پنج نفر (آقايان عزت اله انتظامي، پرويز پرستويي، رضويان، ‏گلزاري و محمد مجابي) شهادت داده بودند به عفو از قصاص در مورد بهنود. اما اين استدلال مورد پذيرش دادگاه قرار ‏نگرفت. اين استشهاد بايد طرف سوال شاهد ان در دادگاه قرار مي گرفت و ايشان بايد به دادگاه خوانده مي شدند و شهادتشان ‏را تاييد مي کردند و در اين صورت قصاص، طبق ماده 612 قانون مجازات اسلامي منتفي مي شد و اگر شهادت را تاييد ‏نمي کردند، آنگاه بحث فرق مي کرد. اما دادگاه وارد اين مرحله نشد و از اساس استشهاد را نپذيرفت. ‏

دروري دايک عضو فعال سازمان عفو بين الملل که حوزه ايران را پوشش مي دهد، در باره واکنشهاي بين المللي در ‏خصوص اعدام نوجوانان در ايران به روز مي گويد: تحت اساسنامه سازمان ملل، با رهبري شوراي امنيت اين سازمان، اين ‏نهادها تا زماني که کشوري صلح جهاني را تهديد نمي کند نمي توانند در امورشان دخالت مستقيم کنند. البته شکايت از دولتها ‏مجاز و صدور قطعنامه و... اما تا زماني که نقض حقوق بشر از جمله اعدام نوجوانان در چارچوب نظام هاي داخلي است، ‏نهادهاي بين المللي حقوق بشري نمي توانند بيش از اينها موثر باشند. وي جنگ داخلي زيمبابوه را مثال ديگري در اين مورد ‏مي داند اما مي گويد وقتي جنگ رواندا و يوگسلاوي تبديل به تهديد بين المللي شد، شوراي امنيت سازمان ملل به کشورهاي ‏ديگر اجازه دخالت مستقيم داد. ‏

با توقف اجراي حکم بهنود شجاعي، نوجواني که در16 سالگي در نزاعي باعث قتل جواني ديگر شد و در همان سن نيز ‏حکم اعدام دريافت کرد، اين جوان براي سومين بار تا پاي چوبه دار مي رود. ‏

قعالان حقوق بشر در ايران و جهان تاکنون بارها خواستار توقف کامل صدور و اجراي حکم اعدام نوجوانان در ايران شده ‏اند و اگر چه اين خواسته، در توقفهاي موقت اجراي احکام نوجواناني همچون بهنود موثر بوده است. اما در برخي موارد که ‏افراد ناشناخته مانده اند يا دور از مرکز بوده اند اين احکام براحتي اجرا شده است. درسال جاري خورشيدي تا کنون شش ‏نوجوان محکوم  به اعدام حکمشان اجرا شده است که يک نفر از ايشان در زمان اجراي حکم 17 ساله بوده است. 



Dear Parsa

by IRANdokht on

Thanks for sending emails out. It's really important that we all do. and still work.

Please send to those email addresses.

Larijani's address might be blocked at this time.


Parsa Pezeshki


by Parsa Pezeshki on didn't work for me.

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Nazy Kaviani


by Nazy Kaviani on

Appalling and sad. I am mother to two young men and I am so familiar with how boys act. Behnoud's story has been a sad one from his birth to now and my heart goes out to him. I can see in my mind's eye the outline of his figure in his cell, waiting, waiting. I sent my letter. Now I pray for Behnoud and send him waves of courage and love. I hope he is set free on Christmas Eve.


it's just heartbreaking

by IRANdokht on

How many times does this kid have to go through this? How many times does he have to be tortured? in US they'd call it cruel and unusual punishment, can anybody stop IRI ?  It sounds like they're scheduling this for Christmas Eve just despite the EU that's been vocal about the case.

I hope we can help set Behnam free, he's been punished more than enough already...