18 year old Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man. Although the allegation was withdrawn and the Iranian Supreme Court has rejected the guilty verdict and execution order, a lower provincial court is insisting on Mr Hamidi’s execution.
Now, his fate lies in the hands of the Supreme Court, which must decided whether to uphold the execution order. He was arrested in 2008 with three other men after a fight between two families outside the city of Tabriz.
The four men were told by police that one of the men they had been fighting had claimed they attempted to strip and sexually assault him.
The men say they were tortured in prison and Mr Hamidi signed a confession which he said was not true.
All four were tried in two consecutive provincial criminal courts and were sentenced to execution.
During their third trial, three of the men were cleared of all charges but Mr Hamidi was again sentenced to execution.
He was sentenced to die on June 21st this year.
On July 7th, the man who made the original accusation against Mr Hamidi withdrew it, telling police in a written statement that he had made up the claim under parental pressure.
The Supreme Court of Iran has twice rejecting the lower court’s rulings on the case because of shortcomings in the judicial investigation.
However, Mr Hamidi’s supporters say that the lower court is intent on his execution.
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