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Iran hangs juvenile offender

Iran hanged a juvenile female offender after six years in prison following a conviction for murder, her lawyer told The Associated Press on Saturday.

world Updated: May 02, 2009 18:51 IST

Iran hanged a juvenile female offender after six years in prison following a conviction for murder, her lawyer told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Delara Darabi, 23, was hanged Friday in a prison in Rasht in the absence of her family or legal representation added Mohammad Mostafaei.

She was only 17 when she committed her crime, making her a juvenile. The sentence has prompted condemnation from international human rights groups.

Mostafaei says the execution is a violation of Iranian law that bans the execution of a criminal in the absence of the lawyer. He also says execution of juvenile offenders is a “gross violation of international law” and a “flagrant breach of Iran’s international obligations and commitments.”