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Iran: Prisoner Executed in Mashhad Prison

18 Nov
Iran: Prisoner Executed in Mashhad Prison

Iran Human Rights Organization; November 18, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder during a mass family fight involving 50 people, has been executed in Mashhad Central Prison.

According to Rokna, on the morning of Tuesday, November 17, a male prisoner was executed at Mashhad Central Prison. The identity of the prisoner has only been established as 34-year-old Ghassem. Gh.

He had been convicted of killing two people with a gun on 3 July 2013, during a mass family fight involving 50 people, in the village of Doleh in Mashhad.

According to the contents of the report, as Ghassem. Gh had never accepted the charges and there was no evidence against him, his death sentence was issued based on the “judge’s knowledge.”

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.