Iran has reportedly decided to spare the life of a convicted criminal who survived a hanging. On October 23, the official IRNA news agency quoted Justice Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi as saying that "the convict who survived will not be executed again."
Pardon or Execution - cartoon by Ehsan Ganji, Etemaad daily, Tehran
He added that the government had received a "positive response" to its efforts to prevent the man from being hanged again.
The minister implied that a second execution would damage Iran's global image.
The 37-year-old drug smuggler -- identified only as Alireza M. -- was pronounced dead last week after being hanged for 12 minutes in the northeast city of Bojnord.
But the next day he was found alive in a morgue.
IRNA reports that the man has since fallen into a coma.
Iran is one of the leading practitioners of capital punishment in the world.
Based on reporting by AFP and the BBC
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