Skip to comments.Execution, Interrupted: Killerís Life Spared Moments Before Hanging
Posted on 04/17/2014 2:56:26 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
Hundreds of people are executed every year in Iran. Balal, thanks to the actions of his victim's mother, will not be one of them.
Balal was standing on a chair, blindfolded and with a noose around his neck, when the mother of the man he stabbed to death seven years ago approached him, the Guardian reports. According to some interpretations of sharia law, the victims family participates in the punishment by pushing the chair from under the condemned man. But this time, the mother of the victim slapped Balal across the face and then helped the victims father remove the noose.
Photographer Arash Khamooshi captured the unexpected moment on April 15 in the northern Iranian city of Nowshahr. Khamooshi was following the public execution from the beginning, when Balal was dragged to the gallows in front of a crowd of onlookers that included Balals mother. And Khamooshi captured the aftermath, when the mothers of the murderer and the victim embraced.
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
He must’ve had an angel coin.
But, there was no such reprieve for the Iranian Christian....
This warms my heart. I would be humblest to be only a tenth as forgiving and brave as this woman.
Thank you for posting this.
I like that mother’s attitude of both revenge and forgiveness.