Mehdi Faraji executed

Over the course of the past two days a wave of executions in Iran has taken place with at least eight and up to 11 people hanged in public executions. One of the executions was conducted by a young boy.
Mehdi Faraji, 37, was hanged in public in Qazvin on Thursday. He was convicted of murdering five women who had boarded his mini bus. According to Iran Human Rights a young boywas used to remove the chair that Mehdi was standing on carrying out the execution.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights strongly condemned today’s execution and said : “These barbaric executions and using ordinary citizens, especially the minors to carry out these executions must be condemned by the world community”. He added : “Iranian leaders must be held accountable for promoting a culture of murder and brutality in Iran”.


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I have NO problem with the death penalty but I do not think young children should be there. I do not think they should have to think about these things.

Criminals should be dealt with by adults not kids.



  1. In this day and age there is no need for this type of execution. In a firing squad executions only one rife has real bullets all the rest are loaded with blanks so no one knows for sure who was behind the fatal shot.

      • james fishwick
      • May 28th, 2011

      You are totally incorrect my friend. All the shells are live except FOR ONE BLANK.
      (((*edited for lack of manners* By Lisa))))

      From Lisa (Sorry for the convusion. I hijacked Jame’s response by accident.)

      I guess more information on this would not hurt.

      From Wikipedia
      “Blank cartridge

      In some cases one or more members of the firing squad may be issued a weapon containing a blank cartridge instead of one housing a live round.[1] No member of the firing squad is told beforehand if he is using live ammunition. This is believed to reinforce the sense of diffusion of responsibility among the firing squad members, making the execution process more reliable. It also allows each member of the firing squad to believe afterward that he did not personally fire a fatal shot[2] – for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the “conscience round”. While an experienced marksman can tell the difference between a blank and a live cartridge based on the recoil (the blank will have lower recoil), there is a psychological incentive to not pay attention and, over time, to remember the recoil as soft.[citation needed] In more recent times, such as in the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner in Utah in the United States in 2010, a rifleman may be given a “dummy” cartridge containing wax instead of a bullet, which provides a more realistic recoil.[3]

      @ Loon, I do not even have a real problem with hangings if it is done right. It can be a quick and easy death.
      I agree, it is not the method of first choice.
      In this case it seems to be even more barbaric then it need be. Dropping that short of a way (a kick out support) would lead to a death by strangulation not the snap when hung from a proper height.

      Methods of Execution

      It really bothers me though that they have children assist in the execution. I guess I just think that kids should not have to think of these things.

      • Whoops 🙂

        I agree James, children should not have to witness or participate in an execution. However it would make them think twice about ever breaking the law!!

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