The Amnesty International condemned the August 15 execution of a 16-year girl in Neka, Mazandaran, for having sex out of wedlock. August 24, 2004 - London-based human rights advocacy group the Amnesty International condemned the hanging of a 16-year old child in Neka. The victim had been accused of having sexual relations out of wedlock, but AI said she was not believed to be mentally competent and was denied access to lawyer. The victim Atefeh Rajabi was reportedly hanged on August 15, in the Caspian Sea city of Neka, in the Mazandaran province. Her crime was listed at “acts incompatible with chastity.” “Amnesty International is alarmed that this execution was carried out despite reports that Atefeh Rajabi was not believed to be mentally competent, and that she reportedly did not have access to a lawyer at any stage,” an AI spokesman said. Ateqeh was Iran’s 10th underage convict being executed, AI said, quoting a report on the website Peyk Iran. The conservative Guardians Council rejected a 2003 Majles bill to raise the minimum age for execution to 18. Rajabi’s codefendant was released after receiving 100 lashes, AI added.