An Iranian death-row prisoner who survived his hanging execution has been sentenced to hang again once his health has been restored, a judge has ordered.
The 37-year-old man, identified only "Alireza M", was executed on October 9 by a hanging at the Bonjord Prison after being sentenced to death for the possession of 1kg of amphetamines, Iranian.com reports.
Alireza M was "very scared when he was walking towards the gallows" where he then hanged by the neck for 12 minutes, the country’s state media reported.
A forensic doctor pronounced the father-of-two dead at the prison and he was then taken to a morgue after a judge signed off on his demise.
When his family came to collect the man's body the next day for burial they discovered he was still breathing.
Alireza M was then rushed to hospital and placed under guard, the court ruling that he will face the gallows again once he is well enough to do so.
"The man has been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court and his death sentence will be carried out once the medical staff confirm that his health condition is good enough," the report said.
Spokesperson for Iran Human Rights Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam has called on the international community to voice its outrage over the father having to meet his fate for a second time.
"Mr. Alireza M. has once been through the torture and dehumanizing process of being executed and the world must not let it happen again," he said.
Author: Nicholas McCallum, Approving editor: Jack Hawke