Rabat- Iran recently freed 15 death row prisoners because they memorized the Quran.
Although judicial executions have increased under Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, he’s allowing death row convicts the chance for freedom or commuting of their sentences if they memorize and recite the Quran.
According to Reza Sadeghi, head of Isfahan Province Endowments and Charities, 16 death row prisoners held in Central Isfahan Prison—five women and 11 men—were pardoned after they successfully memorized the Quran.
Of those pardoned, 15 were released entirely, and one prisoner had his death sentence reduced to 15 years imprisonment.
Iran isn’t the first country to toy with the idea of allowing inmates who memorize the Quran a chance at escaping punishment for their crimes.
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