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Iran Executions: Two Prisoners Hanged at Urmia Prison

27 Jul
Iran Executions: Two Prisoners Hanged at Urmia Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 26, 2020: Two prisoners sentenced to Qisas (retribution in-kind) for "premeditated murder" were executed in Urmia Central Prison this morning.

According to Iran Human Rights, the two men’s sentences were carried out in Urmia Central Prison this morning. The identities of the two men have been established as Ali Abdi and Amirhossein Ghahrian.

According to HRANA News Agency, which first reported the news, Amirhossein, who was transferred from the juvenile ward to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution, was arrested and sentenced to death around five years ago when he killed his wife during a domestic dispute.

Yesterday, IHR reported on the two men being transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners at Urmia Central Prison.

At the time of publication, the execution of these prisoners has not been announced by local media or officials.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report in the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 225 of the 280 executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder" in Iran.

As there are no legal distinctions between murder and manslaughter in Iran, the accused will receive the death penalty regardless of the circumstances and the intent.