Iran Human Rights (June 16, 2019): At least five death-row prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement of Rajai-Shahr Prison on Sunday. Some sources say the real number of the transferred prisoners is two times more.
According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, June 16, at least five prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement of Rajai-Shahr prison in the Iranian city of Karaj.
Most of the prisoners are sentenced to death for murder charges. If they fail to win the plaintiffs’ consent, they will be executed on Wednesday. According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money).
Two of the prisoners are identified as Shahin Sheykhan and Ali Davari, from ward 1 of the prison. IHR could not yet confirm the identity of the rest.