Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 9, 2020: A second prisoner who was sentenced to retribution in kind (death) on charges of premeditated murder, was executed in Mashhad Central Prison today. IHR reported the execution of another prisoner on death row for drinking alcohol this morning.
According to Rokna, another prisoner was executed today. The 45-year-old who was detained in 2017, had been sentenced to retribution in kind (death). He is reported to have "killed his wife in a domestic dispute three years ago."
This is the second execution recorded in Mashhad Central Prison on Wednesday, July 9th. This morning, IHR reported news of another prisoner being executed for drinking alcohol at the same prison.
It should be noted that a 32-year-old man only identified as Ahmad F, who had also been sentenced retribution in kind (death) on charges of premeditated murder, was executed at Mashhad Central Prison on July 4th, making this the third execution this week.
According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder."
As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent (mens rea) and the circumstances.