Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 9, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed at Mashhad Central Prison.
According to the Khorasan newspaper website, the death sentence of a 60-year-old male prisoner was carried out on Saturday, 7 November 2020. His identity has not yet been established.
The report states that the man had also been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and 100 lashes for “deceiving and abusing an 11-year-old” child.
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 and the circumstances.