Wednesday , 25 May 2022

Unidentified Man Executed for Murder in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – A man only identified as Sajad was executed on murder charges in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to Hrana news agency, a man was executed in Shiraz Central Prison on the morning of January 18. Sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, he has only been identified by the first name, Sajad.

Arrested three and a half years ago, he was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution the day prior.

Informed sources said: “Someone was shot in a fight where the police were also present. Sajad was holding an AK47 and despite the fact that the victim was shot with a pistol bullet, Sajad was blamed for the murder. He denied the murder until the day he was executed.”

At the time of writing, Sajad’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for “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.