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Iran Temporarily Postpones Execution Of Juvenile Offender

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Arman Abdolali (right) and his girlfriend.

Amnesty International says Iran has postponed the execution of a man arrested at age 17 and sentenced to death following what rights groups said was a "grossly unfair" trial.

The "execution is now postponed to Saturday, 16 October. He remains at risk of imminent execution in Iran," Amnesty International said on Twitter on October 13.

The London-based rights group publicly urged Iranian authorities this week to stop the execution of Arman Abdolali after he was moved to solitary confinement in a prison in Karaj, west of Tehran.

United Nations human rights experts have also called on Iran to halt Abdolali's execution and annul his death sentence.

"International human rights law unequivocally forbids imposition of the death sentence on anyone under 18 years of age. We understand the authorities have encouraged negotiations about a pardon, but this does not replace the absolute prohibition on such executions," the UN experts said in a statement on October 12.

Abdolali was sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend, whose name was not given. She disappeared in 2014 and has never been found.

Iranian officials have twice postponed execution plans for Abdolali, most recently in July under international pressure.

Amnesty International has called his trial "grossly unfair" by a court that "relied on torture-tainted 'confessions.'"

A retrial affirmed his criminal responsibility despite questions about his "maturity" at the time of the disappearance.

Amnesty International has demanded a retrial "with fair trial standards generally and those pertaining to children in particular."

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