Friday , 18 September 2020

Iran: Family Informed 45 Days After Prisoner’s Execution

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner was executed on August 4 in Maragheh prison. His family was informed 45 days after the execution.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of August 4, 2019, a prisoner was hanged at the central prison of the Iranian city of Maragheh. His identity was revealed by sources as Jafar (Kazem) Seyedhosseini, from Marand city. 

“Jafar Seyedhosseini was a plumber. He killed a man during a fight over financial matters four years ago… 45 days after his execution, Jafar’s family was informed,” a well-informed source told IHR. However, the execution is neither reported by Iranian media nor announced by respected authorities. 

In the first half of 2018, 98 executions were registered and reported by IHR. Out of the 98 people who were executed in the first half of 2018, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder. At least four of them were juvenile-offenders.

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.

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