Iranian girl is being executed


SCE Campaign
by SCE Campaign

Soghra Najafpour, the Iranian girl who was released from prison on bail after 18 years of being on the execution row , is facing imminent execution one more time. After constant efforts by Soghar's attorney Mrs. Nasrin Sotoudeh and her ability to negotiate placing the deed a house as the security of the bail , Soghra was released only 3 weeks ago.

Soghra was arrested at the age of 12 and later sentenced to death by an Islamic judge in Iran for alleged murder of the son of a influential doctor in the northern city of Rasht. The new Judge who recently authorized the release of Soghra stated in an interview with Iran's Etemaad newspaper that there are other factors in Soghra's file such as her age at the time of incident as well as "other matters" that were partially reflected in the 18 year old file. Judge Teymouri confirmed that the parents of the alleged victim have re-filed a demand for execution of Soghra again (ghisas) after they found out about Soghra's release on bail. Judge Teymouri added that since the execution order was ordered 17 years ago, the statue of limitation to file and appeal has passed. Iran's sharia law leaves the option to exercise the execution to the family of the victims. Soghra was once taken to be executed at the age of 17 but the parents changed their mind the last minute , however after finding out about her release, they have re-filed for her execution order again, 13 years later. According to Teymouri at this point the only person who can reverse the execution order of Soghra is Iran's head of judiciary Ayatollah Shahrudi. Teymouri added that although there are attempts to obtain the parents pardon however if they officially finalize the execution order, Soghra can be executed at any given moment. Soghra has spend all her youth in prison and in anticipation of execution and she has denied involvement in the death of the child during the past 18 years. Although Soghra does not have the right to appeal however Iran's law does allow the parents to chose execution of Soghra at anytime and therefore they can keep sending Soghra for execution (or release ) as they wish without any statue of limitation to their demand or number of times they put Sighra through their life and death decisions. Stop Child Execution Campaign has recently found out that although recently the father had accepted a pardon but the mother has insisted that Soghra should be executed. When asked why, her reason has been that 18 years ago Soghra accused her husband of sexual molestation while Soghra she lived in the home as a maid since the age of 9.
The medical records from 18 years ago after Soghra's testimony had verified that She was molested while living with the family but nothing was done about it due to the doctor's influential family versus family of Soghra who were homeless and lived in the Caspian sea forests of Iran. Meanwhile the wife of the doctor has been insisting on Soghra's execution because "Soghra jeopardized their family good name" ! The sharia law of Iran leaves the life and death decision of an accused in the hands of the alleged victim's family who are emotionally involved in the case not to mention their other potential motives for their decisions. Stop Child Execution is extremely concerned about potential imminent execution of Soghra and ask the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Shahrudi to reverse the execution order and the so called ghisas right of the alleged victim's parents in lieu of proven molestation of Soghra while she stayed with them from the age of 9 to 12 and Soghra's age at the time of the alleged crime not to mention that they have already sent Soghra to be executed once. Stop Child Execution condemns the renewal of the execution order of Soghra Najafpour and demand the government of Islamic republic of Iran to adhere to its obligations under the article 6.5 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and article 37(a) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We further request the United Nations, European Union and other world governments and organizations to demand the Iranian authorities to reverse and stop the executions order of Soghra and to give Soghra another chance to live her life in freedom after 18 years of imprisonment under the fear of death for the past 18 years.

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Leader of the Islamic Republic:
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary:
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building
Panzdah-Khordad Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
(In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)
Salutation: Your Excellency


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Please don't play with life of a Person Life

by Khan (not verified) on

It is really not a civilized to play with a person's life once she has been pardoned. It is not fair on behalf of the mother of the victim for which my sympathies lies with her to open the case again just for something personal. I would request her to pardon Soghra Najafpour.


Inocent or guilty, murderer

by Katy (not verified) on

Inocent or guilty, murderer or not, been molested or not, she was only 13 at the time of the crime and should not be executed. I also don't understand the father pardoned, mother requested execution, in Iran according to the law women count a 1/2 person in many cases. I grew up in Iran too, I remember many of these child maids working long hours in mostly abusive families (they wouldn't hire a 9 year old child to wash their dishes if they has some sense of humanity anyways) I remember them falling sleep on the floor after midnight, I remember them been in tears most of the time because they never got to play or go to shcool and were constantly subject to emotional and physical abuse. And last but not least, someone has to tell the mother of the victim, what makes her think that "jeopordizing family's good name" is not a good reason for killing another human being.


You Know What

by Aiiiii Bokosh bokoshehhhh (not verified) on

Once a murderer, always a murderer. If that girl could take someone's life at age 12, trust me, you wouldn't want her babysitting your child!
I was 12 too. I don't remember ever planing my classmate's murder. Few of the executed people in Iran are "innocent." Only some deserve a lower penalty than death. The regime has little value for human life, specially those they consider un-islamic.



by Anonymoos (not verified) on

Stop kidding yourselves. You can bet that after Soghra it will be Kobra, etc. No more band aids on the wound; instead, form an organization aimed at eliminating the Akhoond-infested disease.