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Iran: Man hanged in Public at Khomein City

1 Nov
Iran: Man hanged in Public at Khomein City

Iran Human Rights (IHR); October 31, 2019: A man was hanged in public in the Iranian central city of Khomein Thursday. At least one child is seen in the published photos watching the scene. 

According to IRIB News, on the morning of Thursday, October 31, a man was executed in public in the Iranian central city of Khomein. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for killing a policeman 14 months ago. Therefore, the whole judicial process led to his execution, took place in four months, which is a very short to deal with murder cases. 

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). In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

UN human rights experts, including the former Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, had previously drawn particular attention to continued reports of public executions. “a dehumanising effect on both the victim and those who witness the execution” and ultimately reinforced the “already cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty,” UN experts said.