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Italy firmly condemns the execution in Teheran, on 31 December, of Mohammad Hassan Rezaei, who was only 16 years old when he committed the crime for which he was sentenced to death.

In line with our strong commitment to human rights and the abolition of the death penalty, Italy strongly calls on Iran to apply a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

Capital punishment is an inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment and can be accepted under no circumstances. It has no value as a deterrent against crime.