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Two Executions in Northern Iran Followed by an Act of Revenge

11 Jul
Two Executions in Northern Iran Followed by an Act of Revenge

Iran Human Rights (Jul 11, 2018): Last week two prisoners were secretly executed at Gorgan Prison on murder charges. One of the executions was followed by an act of revenge by the family of the prisoners on the victim’s relatives.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, two prisoners were executed at Gorgan Prison. the prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges.

One of the prisoners was identified as Vahid who was convicted of murder during a street fight. On Thursday, July 5, Vahid’s relatives invaded the plaintiffs’ house in Ghal'e-Hasan and caused damage to their property on an act of revenge.

On Friday, July 6, IRNA website mentioned the invasion of the prisoner’s family and quoted colonel Mohammad Shirazi, Chief of Police, “Yesterday (Thursday) the murderer’s family invaded the house of the victim’s family with a group of people and set fire to their house and car.”

Many experts had earlier warned that implementation of Qisas leads to spread hate and hostility in a society.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media 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.