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From Anchor Araksya Karapetyan

Execution Stopped Last Minute By Victim's Mother

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In the news business, we cover so many stories everyday that many of them just come and go.
It is rare for there to be a story that I can't stop thinking about.

And that says a lot coming from me; I watch, listen to and read news stories nonstop.
Even at home, I always have the news on in the background. Usually, I am in the middle of organizing, cleaning, online, on the phone, whatever…I am rarely sitting in front of the TV actually watching.

For a story to truly capture my attention it has to tug at my heart strings, make me think, challenge me… it has to make me stop from what I am doing and run to the TV.

This story I am about to tell you, not only made me stop in my tracks, but it also made me stand in front of the TV in disbelief.

I was so consumed by what I was hearing and what I was seeing. In the Islamic Republic of Iran crowds often gather to watch a public hanging. Iran puts more people to death than any other country, apart from China. It was supposed to be yet another public execution.

In a literal application of qisas- the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family is allowed to participate in the punishment. In this case it was a hanging, giving the victim's family an opportunity to push the chair on which the accused murderer stood. Iranian photographers are often allowed to document these public executions.

These compelling pictures show what happened on the day an execution was stoppedlast minute by the victim's mother. CLICK THE LINK HERE.

As the murderer was preparing to take his last breath, something unimaginable happened.
The mother of the man the murderer is accused of stabbing to death, walks up to the convicted killer, slaps him and then decides to spare his life in an extraordinary act of clemency.

So, instead of kicking the chair, the parents of the victim even help remove the rope from the neck of the man responsible for taking their son's life.

The noose is removed and the mother of the convict runs over in joy to embrace the woman who lets her son live. The two women sob in each other's arms uncontrollably.

Apparently the mother of the murdered man had a dream that prompted a change of heart.

In her dream she saw her son who told her he was in a good place and that she didn't need to retaliate. Seven years ago, the man pictured at the gallows stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street fight. He escaped at first but was captured by police. It took six years for a court to hand down a death sentence.

Now, although his life was spared, he will not necessarily be freed. Under Iranian law, the victim's family has a say only in the act of execution, not in the jail sentence.

For me this story isn't about the death penalty or public executions.

This is a story about two women…two mothers. One heartbroken that she lost her son… the other because hers is saved.

And as for the pictures… well there are no words…Each image is overflowing with emotion.

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