Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 15, 2020: A prisoner, sentenced to retribution in-kind (death) for "premeditated murder" was executed in Qazvin Central Prison (also known as Choubindar prison).
According to Iran Human Rights, on the morning of Tuesday, July 15, a prisoner on death row was executed in Qazvin Central Prison. The identity of the prisoner has been established as Ali Tavousi, around 35 years old, who was sentenced to retribution in-kind for "premeditated murder".
An informed source told IHR: "Ali Tavousi has been in prison for murder for four years. He had committed the murder during a conflict over financial disputes with the victim and had repeatedly said that the murder was not premeditated. The victim's family had agreed to consent by receiving a diyeh (blood money). But they later changed their mind."
At the time of publication, the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by local media or officials.
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.