According to Iran's state run daily newspaper Etemaad, the young artist Delara Darabi who has spent the last 6 years in Rasht prison in Iran for the alleged murder of a relative, is scheduled to be executed in four days from now.
It was reported that her lawyer Abdolsamad Khoramshahi had been given official notice of her execution date. He is convinced that Delara is innocent and only hopes that the family of the victim will give pardon by accepting "diyeh" (blood money) as retribution.
Stop Child Executions has reported the urgent news to the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, Members of Parliament worldwide and other human rights groups and individuals. Stop Child Executions is hoping there is enough pressure on the the head of Judiciary in Iran to grant a new trial whereby Khoramshahi will be able to present the new evidence he has obtained which would prove her innoncence. SCE has also been working to establish contact with the family of the victim to see if there are any other avenues to save Delara's life. Stop Child Executions urges you to bombard the Head of Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi's fax with the message below:
Your Excellency Ayatollah Shahroudi,
FAX : 009821 33904986 (If you are dialing from North America, you would dial 011 98 21 3390 4986)
Khoramshahi has said many times that he has new evidence including the crime being committed by a right handed person whereas Delara is left-handed. Many attempts have been made by human rights groups and celebrities to try and get a pardon from the victim's family, however they have said that they want her execution to be carried out.
Please keep in mind that Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which prohibit the use of the death penalty against people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18.
In the indicated circumstances, I'd request that she not be executed and be granted a new trial.
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