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Iran: man survives hanging, 'no need' for second execution attempt, minister says

October 23 2013, 15:38

"No need for re-execution" of man convicted of drug smuggling local news agency reports Iranian justice minister as ruling.

An Iranian news agency says the justice minister has concluded there is "no need" to finish off a convict who survived his hanging.

A report by the semi-official ISNA quoted Mostafa Pourmohammadi as saying there is "no need for re-execution" of the 37-year-old convicted of smuggling drugs who only was identified by his first name, Alireza.

Earlier this month, morgue technicians discovered that Alireza was alive a day after he was hanged in the city of Bojnourd, according to the media.

His case prompted debate, with some legal experts arguing he should be hanged again.

Last week Amnesty International urged Iran to spare Alireza.

Drug smuggling is one of a number of crimes that can be punished by capital punishment in Iran.

The Telegraph

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