Tehran, Iran, Aug. 24 – Iran’s clergy-dominated Supreme
Court has given the green light for the hanging of a 16-year-old schoolboy
in Tehran, a state-owned daily reported on
The boy, identified only by his first name Mostafa,
was convicted of killing a man in a scuffle that began when the boy tried
to save a girl who was being harassed by the drunken man, the daily Etemaad reported.
Mostafa, who had no criminal record, told the
Islamic judge that when he saw the drunken man insult and harass a young
girl near his home in Tehran Pars district, he intervened and tried to save
the girl, but the foul-mouthed man began to beat him. In the brawl that
followed, Mostafa killed the man.
The hanging of the sixteen-year-old boy is expected to take place in the
next few days, now that the death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme
Several other minors have been sentenced to death or executed since
hard-line Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
won the race to become Iran’s president.