“Executions are Good for the Establishment of Islamic Republic”

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Written By Hasan Rezazadeh

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani

Iran along side with China and Saudi Arabia is a notorious country in case of the number of executions. Although it’s been criticized by international communities but Iranian judiciary system resumes the execution decrees and it punishes violators.

The Muslim country has garnered Western media attention and criticism for allegedly carrying out executions of minors despite having signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which forbids executing child offenders for crimes committed under the age of 18. Recently the judiciary system accused a juvenile of armed robbery and he was sentenced to capital punishment. According to reports published by governmental news sources, the juvenile was aged only 17.

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani believes the recent execution was good for the establishment of Islamic Republic as such actions by offenders threaten the security of Iranians. “Security is one of the fundamental requirements of citizens and we cannot ignore issues in this subject. The Judiciary system is unhappy about the recent executions in the country but we believe it was necessary for Islamic Republic and our Muslim people.”

Analysts say the Judiciary was able to sentence Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad Ali Sarvari to other punishments rather than execution but Amoli Larijani defines the latest decision as a “deterrent” action. “When someone violate rules and commit crime, the Judiciary system can condemn the offender according to the current guidelines. This decision was an accurate decree which complies with Islamic rules.”

The number of violators, who have been sentenced to capital punishment, has been increased dramatically in Iran during the recent months. Even some hard liner politicians have criticized Judiciary for issuing excessive decrees in this regard.