As a killer was about to be hanged in Iran, the victim’s mother slapped him across the face before her husband removed the noose to spare his life. Minutes later, the mothers of both the victim and the spared sobbed in one another’s arms. The victim’s family was expected to push the chair out from under the prisoner to hang him — as allowed for under qisas, the sharia law of retribution. But they had a change of heart because they didn’t believe their 18-year-old son’s killer intended to fatally stab him.
Source: The Guardian