Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner was hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges last Tuesday.
According to the IHR sources, Jamshid Agha-Rahimi was hanged on the morning of December 4, 2018, at Bandar Abbas Central Prison.
“Jamshid was from Hajiabad city and was imprisoned there. He was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison 15 days ago for the execution. He killed a person who had abused his sister four years ago,” the source said, “He could not win the consent of the victim’s family and was executed.”
According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. In many cases, the victim’s family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner’s neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.
The Iranian media outlets have not published news related to the aforementioned execution 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.