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    Quran study may save Iranian convicts Wednesday 04 February 2004, 11:13 Makka Time, 8:13 GMT Quran can get convicted murderers taken off death row Iranian
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      Quran study may save Iranian convicts


      Wednesday 04 February 2004, 11:13 Makka Time, 8:13 GMT


      Quran can get convicted murderers taken off death row

      Iranian prisoners can have their sentences shortened should they
      learn to recite Islam's holy book by heart.


      Even convicts on death row could escape capital punishment, according
      to Tehran's prison service chief on Monday.

      Speaking to the student news agency ISNA, Sayyid Morteza Bakhtiari
      said "prisoners... can benefit from certain measures if they learn
      the Koran by heart, even if they are condemned to death."

      The prisons chief spoke of "facilities for their release", without
      specifying if that would also apply to convicts facing the death
      sentence.

      Three hundred clerics and 200 theology students are currently taking
      classes in the Islamic republic's jails, he added.

      Gulf Arab states have also offered to shorten the sentences of
      convicts who learn the Quran by heart.

      There are conditions, however. Under Islamic law, it is up to the
      family of a murder victim to pardon a convicted killer.

      http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9177AF18-E3C4-47FF-B15F-
      CB2581FFEAF5.htm

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