Iranian prisoner's execution 'delayed after Twitter outcry'

The execution of an Iranian man has been delayed after the country’s authorities appear to have bowed to an online campaign to save him.

Ramin Hossein-Panahi’s case is thought to have been helped by protests on social media after his name was shared in tweets almost 230,000 times in 48 hours.

Twitter users showed support for the political prisoner and his family, saying that time was running out to save his life.

The 22-year-old was sentenced to death in January for “taking up arms against the state”. He had been due to be executed on Thursday.

There has been no official statement about why a stay of execution was granted and as a result, people are crediting the suspension to the protests on Twitter.

Amnesty International Middle East advocacy director Philip Luther said Mr Hossein-Panahi’s case had been a “breathtaking miscarriage of justice from start to finish”.

Mr Luther claimed there were reports of torture marks on the detainee’s body, and that his conviction was because of his membership of the armed Kurdish anti-establishment group Komala.

The Iranian authorities believe Komala to be a terrorist group that is against the country.

However, Amnesty International claims there was no evidence presented during his trial which…

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