Iranian Killer´s execution halted at last minute by victim´s parents: THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS


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Iranian killer’s execution halted at last minute by victim’s parents

Convict had noose around his neck when victim’s mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life
Balal execution
The noose is removed from around the neck of Balal. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.

Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street brawl in the small town of Royan, in the northern province of Mazandaran. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim’s family were to…

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