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Juvenile Offender on Death Row Released

    April 26, 2017

    Amnesty International sent Salar Shadizadi's case as an Urgent Action on July 27th 2015.


    Salar Shadizadi, one of the juvenile offenders on death row on whom Amnesty International has campaigned since July 2015, has been released! 

    Salar Shadizadi had faced imminent execution several times in connection with a murder that took place when he was just 15 years old. Salar Shadizadi had said that he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated in the investigation stage of his case following his arrest. He was not granted access to a lawyer until his case was sent to court for trial. In December 2007, he was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Gilan Province for stabbing his childhood friend, a sentence which the Supreme Court later upheld. He was granted a retrial in early 2016 after a global outcry but was resentenced to death in November 2016.

    Following intense advocacy and campaigning efforts spearheaded by Amnesty International, all his scheduled executions were halted, often at the last minute.

    In February 2017, the family of the deceased agreed to grant him a pardon in exchange for “blood money” (diyah).


    On 25 April 2017, he was released from Rasht prison in Gilan Province, northern Iran, where he had been jailed for 10 years.


    Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network is a community of people who take action—letters, emails, phone calls, faxes and tweets--on emergency cases of human rights abuses around the world. Together, we’ve helped stop torture, halt executions and free prisoners of conscience.

    Learn more here.