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Bilal was brought blindfolded to the site of his planned execution Tuesday in a town square.But at the last minute, Hosseinzadeh's mother, Samereh Alinejad, forgave him, after giving a speech to the crowd and then slapping Bilal in the face. Hosseinzadeh's family had come under calls by famous artists, soccer coaches and town residents to pardon Bilal and accept blood money instead of execution, a provision allowed to victim's families under Iranian law. Even an episode of a popular sports program on Iranian state television had urged the family to forgive Bilal the day before his planned execution.
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