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Swiss oppose death penalty for minors in Iran

The foreign ministry has asked the Iranian authorities to repeal a death sentence set to be carried out on Wednesday.

This content was published on July 7, 2010 - 08:46

The man scheduled for capital punishment was found guilty of murder in connection with a robbery in 2004. He was 15 at the time.

His execution has been postponed several times over the past few years, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The young man has since withdrawn his confession; the exact circumstances of the crime are unclear.

Switzerland lodged an appeal through its Teheran embassy and through its special envoy for human rights in Bern.

The death penalty – in particular against juvenile offenders – has been a priority topic in human rights talks between the Swiss and Iranian governments.

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