Iran Human Rights (IHR); August 17, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder was executed in Mashhad Central Prison.
According to the Khorasan newspaper online, on the morning of Saturday, August 15, a male prisoner was executed in Mashhad Central Prison. The prisoner who has only been identified as Hadi A, 36, had been sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.
Hadi was accused of killing his brother-in-law on Toloo Street in Mashhad in 2018 after his wife divorced him. During questioning, he had said: “After the incident, I tried very hard for her to come back into my life but my father in law would not allow it. They had also taken my eight-year-old daughter with them and I hadn’t been able to see her for 10 months!”
It is likely that more than one person was executed at Mashhad Central Prison on Saturday.
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 and the circumstances.