NICOSIA (AFP) – International human rights groups appealed to Tehran Tuesday to halt its planned execution of a young Iranian Kurdish man who was sentenced to death over a crime he committed as a minor.
Saman Naseem, 22, is scheduled to be executed today Thursday after being found guilty of membership of the Free Life of Kurdistan party and involvement in armed confrontations with Revolutionary Guards.
He was 17 at the time of his arrest and was sentenced to death in April 2013, allegedly after being tortured.
“Time is running out for Saman Naseem. The fact that Iran is willing to execute a man who was tortured to confess to a crime he is accused of having committed when he was a child shows the state of injustice in the country,” said Amnesty International’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
“These wrongs can never be undone, but it is not too late to immediately stop Saman Naseem’s execution and initiate a thorough judicial review of his case,” she said.
The International Federation for Human Rights also demanded a halt to the execution, and called for the overturning of Naseem’s death sentence, which it said is illegal under international law.