Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 17, 2019: Three prisoners were executed on Sunday and Tuesday at the central prison of the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Gilan province.
According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, November 10, two prisoners were hanged at Rasht prison. Another prisoner was also executed on Tuesday, November 12. All were sentenced to death for murder charges.
IHR could confirm the identity of two as Hossein Arasteh, from the city of Khomam, and Rashed Afrouz. The third person was a former school principal who was accused of murdering his wife.
Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.
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.