Amnesty International is calling on Iran spare a drug convict who survived the first attempt to hang him.

Alireza M. was reportedly found alive after being hanged last week in Bojnoord, when his family went to collect his body from the morgue.

He is now receiving medical treatment and being nursed back to health but only to undergo another execution.

An Iranian official in the city was quoted as saying that the condemned man was sentenced to death and the sentence must be carried out.

Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program director Philip Luther says: “Iranian authorities must halt the execution. The horrific prospect of this man facing a second hanging, after having gone through the whole ordeal already once, merely underlines the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty.”

Drug trafficking is punishable by death under Iranian legal system.