Iran Human Rights – A prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison on murder charges.
According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, July 21, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison. The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was identified as Seyyed Morteza Mohammadi.
A close source told IHR, “Morteza was from Rasht and was dating a girl named Fariba. He murdered her and burned her body after a fight in 2015. He had a 9-year-old son who was present in front of the prison gate at the time of the execution.”
The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.
According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.