Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – Four Baluch men and a Baluch woman were executed for murder in Zahedan Central Prison. More than 400 executions have been recorded in Iran for the first time in five years.
According to Hal Vash, four Baluch men and a Baluch woman were executed in Zahedan Central Prison on September 10. The four men’s identities have been reported as 38-year-old Khaled Raisi, 27-year-old Amrollah Basij, 42-year-old Abdolnasir Shehbakhsh and 37-year-old Houshang Kord.
The identity of the woman who was from Zahedan has not been established at the time of writing. All five prisoners were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder in separate cases.
Khaled Raisi who was a father to four children had been arrested in Chabahar on 23 March 2019. Amrollah Basij was a father of two. Abdolnasir Shehbakhsh was arrested around three years ago and also had children. Houshang Kord was from Khash province.
Another man was taken to the gallows along with the five executed prisoners but was returned to his cell after his victim’s family changed their mind.
At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or official sources in Iran.
According to data gathered by Iran Human Rights, at least 183 people were executed on murder charges in 2021. Those charged with the umbrella term of “intentional murder” are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. Once a defendant has been convicted, the victim’s family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness.
At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.