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Bridget Johnson


April 18, 2014 - 6:25 am

Balal execution

Under its implementation of Sharia law, the Iranian regime has turned the justice system into a grotesque theater of public executions after often sketchy trials and dubious charges.

One Iranian couple who held no doubt about who killed their son, though, weren’t going to let that happen.

From UAE newspaper The National:

The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who at 19 killed another young man, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, in a street fight with a knife back in 2007.

Shargh newspaper said police officers led Balal to a public execution site in the northern city of Nowshahr as a large crowd gathering on Tuesday morning.

Samereh Alinejad, mother of the victim who lost another son in a motorbike accident four years ago, asked the crowd whether they know “how difficult it is to live in an empty house”.

Balal, black-hooded and standing on a chair before a makeshift gallows, had the noose around his neck when Ms Alinejad approached.

She slapped him in the face and removed the rope from his neck assisted by her husband, Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, a former professional footballer.

“I am a believer. I had a dream in which my son told me that he was at peace and in a good place … After that, all my relatives, even my mother, put pressure on me to pardon the killer,” Ms Alinejad told Shargh.

“The murderer was crying, asking for forgiveness. I slapped him in the face. That slap helped to calm me down,” she said. “Now that I’ve forgiven him, I feel relieved.”

Balal’s mother, who had been sitting on the ground in a daze among the crowd waiting to see the hanging, tearfully embraced Alinejad after they removed the noose.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Grace is everywhere for those who cooperate with it, even - maybe especially - in the belly of the beast.
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This is not grace. This is mercy. Not the same thing at all, though they are often found in one another's company.

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Grace is a mystery, and it manifests mysteriously.

"Everything is Grace." -Therese of Lisieux
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Therese is wrong.

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