Thursday, January 20, 2005

Iran's judiciary chief suspended the execution of four convicted hijackers

Gulf Daily News: "Iran execution halted

TEHRAN: Iran's judiciary chief suspended the execution of four convicted hijackers a few hours before they were due to be killed as the case involved two people aged under 18, newspapers said yesterday.

The four were found guilty of hijacking a YAK 140 passenger plane with 31 people on board in 2000 and trying to force it to land in the UAE, the Sharq newspaper said.

They were sentenced to death as "Mohareb", or as someone who makes war against God, a charge punishable by death under Islamic sharia law. It was upheld by the Supreme Court.

"Two of the convicts are under age 18 ... (Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi) Shahroudi wants special attention in such cases which involve juvenile criminals," the newspaper quoted judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad as saying."

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