Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 22, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to retribution in kind (death) for "premeditated murder" has been executed in Naghdeh Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a prisoner on death row was executed in Naghdeh Prison this morning. The identity of the prisoner has been established as Kamil Ghaderi-Aghdam, who was sentenced to retribution in kind for "premeditated murder".
An informed source told IHR: "Many efforts were made to save Kamil Ghaderi, and two nights ago, a large number of local elders went to the victim's family home to request their consent. A group of civil activists also gathered outside the prison gates last night, but the victim's family did not consent."
According to the Kurdpa website, which first broke news of the execution, Kamil Ghaderi-Aghdam was from the village of Dilzeh in Piranshahr, West Azarbaijan Province.
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 on the Death Penalty in Iran, 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.