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Iran executes man it detained as a teenager


Iran has executed a man who was arrested on suspicion of murder at the age of 17. Arman Abdolali was detained in 2014 and convicted the following year of murdering his partner, Ghazaleh Shakour, but Amnesty Internatio­nal said he was subjected to “a grossly unfair trial” that relied on “torture-tainted” confession­s. He was executed at dawn yesterday in Gohardasht Prison, also known as Rajai Shahr Prison, about 50 kilometres west of the capital, Tehran, the judiciary said. He had twice been sentenced to death but each time the execution was stopped owing to an internatio­nal outcry, Amnesty said. At a retrial last year, the court ruled Abdolali was responsibl­e for the killing in the absence of evidence to the contrary, Amnesty said.

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