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Foreign Office Minister appalled at public execution of 17 year old in Iran

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said he was appalled at the execution of Alireza Molla-Soltani and called on the Iranian authorities to end these inhumane practices.

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Speaking today the Foreign Office Minister said:

“I am appalled by the images of the public execution today in Iran of Alireza Molla-Soltani. He was only a 17 year old boy and to be subjected to one of the worst forms of execution, suspension strangulation, is abhorrent. This form of punishment has no place in the modern world. Iran’s own President Ahmadinejad has previously declared that Iran does not execute children under 18 years of age. To do so contravenes the international obligations Iran has signed up to. I call again on the Iranian authorities to end these inhumane practices.”

Published 21 September 2011