A convicted drug trafficker, who somehow lived through a hanging in Iran, will have his life spared, according to a report.
The 37-year-old man, who was identified only as Alireza M, was found alive in a morgue after being hanged at a jail last week, according to BBC News. He reportedly was hanged for 12 minutes and was then declared dead by a doctor.
The next day, the man’s family went to the morgue to get his body, but they made the startling discovery that he was still breathing. He was then taken a hospital and was kept under armed guard.
Mail Online notes that the reports that the man will not be hanged for a second time follow calls from within Iran and appeals from international rights groups, including Amnesty International, which called for an immediate stay of execution.
“The convict who survived (the death penalty) will not be executed again,” Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency. “After putting much effort to prevent the second execution of this convict, we have received a positive response.”
Mail Online reports that murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran, based on its interpretation of sharia law in force since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iran has one of the highest rates of execution in the world.