Iranian woman pardons son’s killer after dream: ‘My son…was in a good place’

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An Iranian woman on Tuesday pardoned her son’s killer at the gallows, with just seconds to spare before executioners were to hang him.

 The killer, known only as Balal, was spared by victim's mother. / AFP

The killer, known only as Balal, was spared by victim’s mother. / AFP

In a case that has provoked surprise in Iran and across the world, the killer, known only as Balal, was dramatically saved by Samereh Alinejad whose son, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was murdered in a street fight in 2007. …

Under the sharia law of retribution, relatives can choose to be the ones who push away the chair on which the condemned man stands. Rather than participating in this custom, known as “qisas”, Alinejad pardoned the killer, instead giving him a slap on the face as punishment.

“I am a believer. I had a dream in which my son told me that he was at peace and in a good place,” Alinejad told Iran’s “Shargh” newspaper. “After that, all my relatives, even my mother, put pressure on me to pardon the killer.”


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