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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:16 PM
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Iran hangs woman convicted of murder as a minor
Source: AP

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran has hanged a young woman who was convicted of murder when she was a minor, her lawyer said Saturday, drawing condemnation from international human rights groups who have sought to end capital punishment for juvenile offenders.

Authorities executed the 23-year-old woman Friday in northern Iran without informing her lawyer or allowing the family to be present, said the lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei. She was 17 at the time the crime was committed, in 2003.

Iran executes more juvenile offenders than any other nation eight last year and 42 since 1990, according to Amnesty International. Friday's was the second such execution this year in Iran, Mostafaei said.

While a few other countries are known to have executed juvenile offenders in recent years Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan and Pakistan Iran has accounted for more than two-thirds of such executions in the past four years, according to rights groups.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jh_9L...
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:17 PM
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1. Wow -- Iran is practically like Texas' "sister state," then!
n/t
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:19 PM
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2. In the US, there have been 22 executions of juveniles since 1976, 13 of them in Texas.
Quite a sorry state of affairs.

I do not believe any of them were young women though.
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:46 PM
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15. what did they do to get the death sentence carried out instead of endless appeals until an adult ?
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:02 PM
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16. Their age at execution was 20s and 30s - their alleged crimes were committed when 16 or 17
Here is more specific info:

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/execution-juveniles-us-...

Looks like they were all male.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:33 AM
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34. Texas would still be at it, too if not for 5 members of the Supreme Court
a couple of years back.
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:20 PM
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3. hell, sounds like a sanction for conservatives...don't let them secede
let them move to countries more in tune with their religious requirements?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:21 PM
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4. Take home message: don't murder people in Iran at any age.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:45 PM
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10. You think she murdered someone?
How familiar are you with this case?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:00 PM
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18. Well, not much other than this:
"She initially confessed to the crime but later insisted that her boyfriend carried out the murder to steal the 65-year-old woman's money. The boyfriend persuaded her to confess, she claimed, by convincing her she would not be executed because of her age."

According to this, she was either a murderer or an accessory to murder who confessed to murder.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:28 AM
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27. What you quoted does not indicate that she even knew about the murder until her
boyfriend persuaded her to confess.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:59 AM
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35. Which makes her an accessory,
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Sultana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:22 PM
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5. RIP Delara Darabi
:cry:


Iran is F'd up
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:25 PM
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6. She was doomed from the moment they got her in custody.....
Any female prisoner has no rights and will not see justice in those countries who practice fundamentalist "justice"
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:28 PM
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7. this is so sad. she was a talented artist
and a beautiful young woman.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:41 PM
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9. one of her artworks:

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:30 AM
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28. Why do I get the feeling that is what she was really executed for?
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:31 PM
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8. The list of barbarian nations: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Pakistan, Iran
and one more.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:25 PM
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:05 PM
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21. Since when are Arabs not white?

My list was simply the list of nations that execute children taken directly from the OP.

And what do you think my unnamed country was?

You should hide your ignorance better.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:18 AM
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25. Arabs come in many shades.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:55 AM
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36. Very true.
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:54 AM
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38. If you think most American White People view Arabs as White like them.
Then I'm not sure who is trying to hide their ignorance.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 10:00 AM
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39. The context of my comment is now missing due to a deleted response.
I certainly agree with you about the attitudes of many Americans.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:11 PM
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22. so which "white" nation do you think should be included with those
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freedomnorth Donating Member (237 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:30 AM
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29. Rhetorical question?
Or did you miss post number #2?

:wtf: :shrug:
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:06 AM
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33. i saw it, and still don't believe it belongs up there with Saudi Arabia, Iran etc
Edited on Sun May-03-09 05:11 AM by JI7
although we aren't as "civilized" as Canada and many other nations. hopefully that will change with Obama.
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:53 AM
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37. Yeah, this story is a Neocon's wet dream.
Just don't talk about the American Death Belt.
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snowdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:46 PM
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11. This is her story:




............The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iran has signed, bans capital punishment for offenders who committed crimes before their 18th birthday.

"Iran continues to deny that it executes juvenile offenders, but the secret nature of this execution demonstrates that the government knows that these killings are illegal and shameful in the eyes of the world," said Zama Coursen-Neff, deputy director of the children's rights division at Human Rights Watch.

The prisoner executed Friday, Delara Darabi, initially pleaded guilty to killing her father's cousin, but later retracted her confession and said her boyfriend carried out the killing. She told a judge that she had initially confessed because her boyfriend told her that, as a minor, she would not be executed and she could save him from being put to death, her lawyer said.

Her boyfriend, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity in murder.
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KillCapitalism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 10:38 AM
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41. Hmm...shows you how highly they think of women there.
"Her boyfriend, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity in murder."

It would make sense if the boyfriend received the same punishment, but no, he'll be released to go manipulate some other young girl into another tragic situation.
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Dramarama Donating Member (544 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:09 PM
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12. ugh
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:36 PM
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13. Her boyfriend, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 10 years in prison
Her boyfriend, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity in murder.


btw
was she "supposed" to marry her father's cousin? The guy she and her boyfriend 'allegedly' killed?

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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:42 PM
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14. The cousin who was killed was female
The boyfriend (and she) supposedly wanted the cousin's money.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:44 PM
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17. I don't care what the cultural sensitivity police say: Iran is a piece of shit country
nt
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ronnie624 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:24 AM
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26. The U.S. government has killed far more minors than the Iranian government,
the primary difference being that they are almost always in another country. Is the United States a "piece of shit country" also, or is the number of victims not a criterion for such a ranking?
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:31 AM
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30. Oh here we go (I knew it)
You want to win the argument? Fine. I'm not going to bother.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:46 AM
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31. Facts are tough things to deal with.
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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:03 PM
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19. Omar Khadr
Omar Ahmed Khadr (born September 19, 1986) is the fourth child in the Canadian Khadr family. He was captured by American forces at the age of 15 following a four-hour firefight with militants in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan.<1> He has spent six years in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps charged with war crimes and providing support to terrorism after allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier.<2>

A Canadian citizen born in Toronto,<3><4> he is the youngest prisoner held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by the United States and has been frequently referred to as a child soldier.<5><6> The only Western citizen remaining in Guantanamo, Khadr is unique in that Canada has refused to seek extradition or repatriation despite the urgings of Amnesty International, UNICEF, the Canadian Bar Association and other prominent organisations.<7><8><9><10> In April 2009, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that international law made it obligatory for the government to immediately demand Khadr's return.<11>

Khadr was the only person charged under the 2006 Military Commissions Act who did not boycott the Guantanamo proceedings.<12> In February 2008, the Pentagon accidentally released documents that revealed that although Khadr was present during the firefight, there was no other evidence that he had thrown the grenade. In fact, military officials had originally reported that another of the surviving militants had thrown the grenade just before being killed.<13>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khadr
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:36 PM
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23. Disgusting
"The prisoner executed Friday, Delara Darabi, initially pleaded guilty to killing her father's cousin, but later retracted her confession and said her boyfriend carried out the killing. She told a judge that she had initially confessed because her boyfriend told her that, as a minor, she would not be executed and she could save him from being put to death, her lawyer said."

So it's entirely possible that she did NOT kill anyone and she was still executed??
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BunkerHill24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:55 AM
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24. Iran has the death penalty and they're entitled to enforce their own laws
I don't understand all this commotion!!
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 04:05 AM
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32. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iran has signed
bans capital punishment for offenders who committed crimes before their 18th birthday.
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 10:03 AM
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40. Many DUers would approve
They want 11 year-olds sentenced to life without parole and preferably raped when they arrive at prison.

There's a big DU torture and rape contingent, and they make themselves well heard anytime some crime manages to get into the newspaper.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:24 PM
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42. yeah..it's very sad..
but I think many with those attitudes are the first ones to criticize/bomb another country for damn near anything.
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 02:12 PM
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43. And this is a country that we want to improve relations
of course, China is just as bad.

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