Choosing Redemption Over Revenge in Iran
Instead of participating in the execution of their son’s murderer, the slain man’s parents publicly spare the killer in northern Iran.
- Balal, who reportedly stabbed-to-death 18-year-old Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight in 2007, is led to the gallows to be executed on Tuesday.
- Abdolah Hosseinzadeh’s mothers slaps Balal, who was convicted of her son’s murder in the northern city of Nowshahr on Tuesday. In Iran, a victim’s family is able to participate in hangings by pushing aside the chair the convicted stands on. In this case, Hosseinzadeh’s parents removed the noose from Balal’s neck and spared his life, The Guardian reported.
- Abdolah Hosseinzadeh’s parents remove the noose from the neck of convicted murderer Balal, according to semi-official news service Isna and The Guardian newspaper.
- Samereh Alinejad cries after sparing the life of her son’s convicted murderer.
- The mother of Balal (L), who was convicted of murdering Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight in 2007, cries with Hosseinzadeh’s mother.
Touching. See Crime, Shame, and Reintegration by Braithwaite.
I abhor the death penalty, but love the role of the victim’s family in the punishment process.