Peyman Barandah Arrested At 15 Risks Imminent Execution
May 5, 2017
Peyman Barandah is at imminent risk of execution on 10 May in Shiraz’s Adel Abad prison, Fars Province, Iran. He was 15 years old at the time of his arrest, and was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial.
On 2 May, the Prosecutor of Shiraz met with Peyman Barandah’s family and told them that if the cheque of 5.5 billion rials (US$169,500) representing “blood money” (diyah) they gave to the family of the teenager he was convicted of murdering does not clear at the bank on its due date of 7 May, then Peyman Barandeh’s execution will be carried out on 10 May as planned. When they wrote the cheque, Peyman Barandah’s family did not have the funds and have said they still are unable to pay. The Prosecutor told them that there will be nothing his office can do to stop the execution. Peyman Barandah’s execution was previously scheduled for 9 April, but postponed at the last minute so that his family would have more time to raise the money.
The judicial proceedings leading to Peyman Barandah’s conviction of murder were grossly unfair. After an arrest in June 2010, he was held for three months in solitary confinement in a police detention centre in Shiraz, without access to his family and lawyer. Peyman Barandah said that during this period, he was subjected to severe beatings and other forms of torture and ill-treatment. He met his lawyer for the first time at his trial, which consisted of two brief sessions each lasting about two hours before an adult court, without any special juvenile justice protections. The court did not order any investigation into his torture allegations. In August 2012, he was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenager during a group fight in June 2010. Peyman Barandah has consistently maintained his innocence, saying another teenager inflicted the fatal blow. Branch Six of the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in September 2013.
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