A condemned prisoner who survived his own hanging is now only sentenced to life imprisonment, according to the Northern Khorasan chief justice.

ILNA reports that Norollah Ghodrati told a press conference: “An application for the prisoner’s pardon was received by the judiciary, and after close deliberation, his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.”

The 37-year-old prisoner sentenced to death for drug trafficking was hanged last October but was found alive in the mortuary 24 hours later.

He was revived after several days in a coma, and there were some reports that he would be subjected to a second hanging.

Justice Minister Mostafa PourMohammadi had expressed his opposition to hanging the prisoner a second time, but it became a hot topic of discussion among legal officials and the clergy.