Sunday 28 December 2014

Killer saved from execution at last minute

Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30

Victim’s mother steps forward and slaps convicted killer in the face, before sparing him from execution
Victim’s mother steps forward and slaps convicted killer in the face, before sparing him from execution
Iranian officials and security escorting away the blindfolded man Bilal from the scene of his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal, who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. AP
Kobra, left, whose son Bilal was convicted of murdering a man, embracing Maryam Hosseinzadeh, mother of the victim, after she pardoned the murderer before his execution in public in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. AP

THE executioner placed the noose around his neck and the convicted killer known as Balal prepared to meet his maker.

He was saved by the unlikely intervention of his victim's mother who rushed forward, slapped him across the face, and insisted that he be pardoned.

Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed Abdollah Hosseinzadeh (18) during a street brawl. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood.

Instead, the victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared.

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