Iran Human Rights (IHR); August 7, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder has been executed at Rasht Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, on the morning of Thursday, August 6, a man was executed in Rasht Central Prison. His identity has been established as Mehrzad Jalalvand, aged around 35, was sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.
An informed source has told IHR: “Mehrzad was from Khorramabad, but they lived near Lahijan for many years. In 2015, after a neighbour’s son stabs Mehrzad’s father twice during a fight, he goes to the neighbour’s son and pushes him. The neighbour’s son had a cerebral haemorrhage and died.”
According to the source, Mehrzad had repeatedly stated in court and in letters to the judiciary from inside the prison, that he had no intention of killing the victim.
At the time of publication, the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by local media or officials.
According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with “premeditated murder.”
As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances.