Abu Dhabi: Iranian Supreme Court overturned death sentence on prisoner, 10 months after detainee was hanged in western Urmia prison, human rights groups say .
The prisoner, Khidir Gui Del, was hanged last September, after being convicted of drug trafficking in 2013.
Human rights organizations said the death sentence was carried out while the trial was pending before the Iranian Supreme Court, which only vetoed the death sentence after its execution, according to Sky News Arabia.
This strange incident once again highlights the phenomenal number of executions in Iran, which is said to execute the most people per capita. Iran insists that the number of executions alleged by human rights groups is “exaggerated” and that the executions are carried out only “after a long judicial process”.
According to reports from human rights organizations, over the past two decades more than 8,000 executions have been carried out in Iranian prisons or in public places.
Iranian human rights activist Shahpour Azad told Sky News Arabia: “The story of this young man whose execution order was overturned by the court about a year after its implementation sums up the depth and gravity of tragedy.
He added: “This bloody regime even contradicts its laws, in the context of its quest to satisfy its hunger for murder, execution, killing innocent people and asserting its rule over society.
Iranian activist Faryal Moeini told Sky News Arabia: “Execution is at the heart of the Iranian regime’s methodology, and it is a philosophy of power and a method of extending absolute control, which is why its extensive application of this punishment, as it is one of its most important authoritarian weapons to spread terror and fear among people and ensure their survival.
According to Amnesty International’s report on executions around the world for the year 2020, Iran is the only country to have executed children, and on its own it carried out half the number of executions in international.
According to the report, at least three minors under the age of 18 were executed in Iran last year, and their execution was in violation of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Amnesty International claims that one of the three, who was executed in Saqqaz city prison in April 2020, was mentally disabled.