After learning that his death sentence was being commuted, an Iranian man is said to have died of happiness.
The 55-year-old from southern Iran, named in local reports as Akbar, was sentenced to death 18 years ago after being convicted of murder.
He was recently forgiven by the family of his victim, which meant he would no longer face the death penalty.
According to reports, officials from the state’s dispute resolution board assisted in persuading the family to make the decision.
According to a report in the state-run newspaper Hamshahri, Akbar suffered a heart attack after learning that the victim’s family had pardoned him and that he would no longer face execution.
It’s not unusual in Iran for d£ath penalties to be commuted after the payment of Diyyeh – a privately-arranged settlement between the families of victim and perpetrator.
Iranian legal sources put a typical Diyyah payment at 4,800,000,000 Rials – or about Tsh 217.8 million
In many cases, judges try to persuade the family to forgive the murderer, even at times pressuring them to do so. Often, a murd£r execution is delayed for several years after the murder was committed in order to persuade the family to exercise forgiveness and allow time for the murd£rer to pay Diyyeh.