Sina Paymard is FREE


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by SCE Campaign

After more than 3.5 years in prison and payment of about $160,000 in blood money retribution Sina Paymard was freed on Christmas eve.

After Sina's release, Nasrin Sotoudeh Sina's attorney told Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA): " I want to thank everyone who took part in helping Sina". Sotoudeh added :

"Of course we are happy that Sina is released , but we also hope that (Iran's) laws change such that we will never witness execution of under 18 child offenders. We ask the lawmakers to speed up the process (of approving the parliamnetary bill), that the youth in prison no longer worry" about being executed.

Sina Paymard, a musician, was convicted of murder at the age of 17 after a dispute with a man over cannabis in 2004. Sina Paymard reportedly told the Court that he was addicted to drugs and had gone to a park in Tehran on the day of the incident to try and obtain cannabis from a drug dealer. He allegedly stabbed the drug dealer to death during a fight.

According to his lawyer, the sentencing court did not properly consider evidence that Sina Paymard suffered from a mental disorder.
Iran's Supreme Court also upheld the death sentence, and he was scheduled to be hanged on September 20, 2006, two weeks after his 18th birthday.

Many human right activists and organization including Nazanin Afshin-Jam at the time objected to the execution of Sina. When Sina was taken to the execution site, where the noose was placed around his neck, he was asked if he had a last request. Sina asked if he could play the flute.

The family members of the victim who were present to witness the execution were very moved by his playing, and agreed not to have him executed.

In July 2007 he was taken to be executed a second time and after urgent call by Sina's attorney on the day before the execution, Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Stop Child Executions Campaign contacted Amnesty International, UN and Canadian Government which lead to immediate objections by UN, Canada and other countries.

After mediation by UNESCO office in Tehran and human rights activists in Iran such as Mr. Emad Baghi, the alleged victim's family agreed to delay the execution for 10 days which eventually lead to forgiveness in return for payment of diyeh (blood money). In Iran, family members are asked before the execution is carried out if they wish to forgo their right to retribution and forgive the condemned.
The family of the victim received 150 million tumans ($ 160,000) in retributions and Sina was taken to prison pending the court order about the length of imprisonment. After the court determined the prison sentnce of Sina was three and half years and he already had served the same number of years in prison he was eventually released on December 24, 2007.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Stop Child Executions Campaign thank Mrs. Nasrin Sotoudeh for her hard work and for keeping SCE updated about Sina's situation. We also wish to thank Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, honorable Peter McKay and the Canadian Government for their immediate response to Nazanin Afshin-Jam's urgent request to intervene on the execution date of July 17, 2007.

SCE thanks Amnesty International for their efforts and the urgent actions alerts , Mr. Emad Baghi head of Iran's prisoners' rights (Mr. Baghi is now imprisoned by Iran's regime) for his mediaition attempts, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, UNESCO, International Committee Against Executions, Other governments and other Human rights organizations and Advocates for helping stop Sina's execution orders.

We also wish to greatly thank the volunteers and supporters of Stop Child Executions Campaign for their hard work and getting the word out.

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"Never" ?!

by SCE Campaign on

In response to the false comment that SCE "never says "he still deserves some kind of punishment, not the death penalty".

Please refer to our website including many interviews and article including the last few URGENT CALLS posted right here on and worldwide, where SCE even instructs the readers who may write to Iranian authorities to :" "acknowledge the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice those children suspected of criminal offences, but unconditionally opposes their death penalty"

Therefore such comments as we NEVER ackowledge the need for punishment for crimes in totally unfounded. We have repeated stated that we are against child executions and support the international human and children rights convention, however never oppose the just punishment for crimes.

Please also note that UN Children Rights Convention prohibits capital punishment AND life imprisonment for those guilty of a crime committed before the age of 18. 

Sina Paymard was found to suffer from mental disorder. SCE in all cases including the case of Sina Paymard opposed death penalty and because of such efforts Sina was saved from executions twice .  


Congratulations Sina!

by Anonymous_hr (not verified) on

I'm happy that Sina is finally free.

I just hope that any psychological problem would follow after going through this whole thrauma of feeling the noose on his neck.

I will prey for other child prisoners who are still in prison and could become the next victims of the Islamic rules of "Justice".



by annoyed (not verified) on

It was very unfair to let him go, just like that. He should've been imprisoned for life, or for a very for a long period, depending on his particular circumstance. It is also so unjust, that money paid by the convict's family can replace a life. What about the victim? He has not voice, and no justice is being done on his behalf. shameful.


punishment for the crime

by an observer (not verified) on

According to the Iranian law, the family of the victim can accept the blood money in lieu of execution for a capital crime, then another sentencing takes place to determine the jail time as the punishment, in this case, the court rules that the sentencing would be 3.5 years of prison and that was the time already served.

just like in any other justice system I am sure different sentencing based on the different types of murder, first degree, second degree, assault etc...

would you have felt better if they had given him a longer sentence for getting into a fatal fight with a drug dealer?


What about the victim?

by dariushabadi on

I have a question for everyone. This has always baffled me.


While I understand your causes to defend a 17 year old not to be executed because you classify him a minor (I guess biological traits don't define minor anymore, just legal definitions).


However, it doesn't escape the fact that this near adult still committed murder and killed someone that also has a family and also has friends and a personality.


You always defend the accused (in this case the accused was actually guilty), but you never run to defend the victim as well. You never say "he still deserves some kind of punishment, not the death penalty". You don't say he should ask forgiveness from his victim, or even say "we still condemn his actions".


Why don't you condemn his action, while you are condeming the punishment?


I've never seen the diaspora ever condemn the crime, only condemn the punishment. Why is that? Can someone explain that to me?