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Iran: Prisoner Reza Shirzadeh Executed in Yazd

15 Jan
Iran: Prisoner Reza Shirzadeh Executed in Yazd

Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 15, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Yazd Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Yazd Central Prison yesterday morning. The identity of the prisoner has been established as 36-year-old Reza Shirzadeh, who was sentenced to to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

According to an informed source: “Reza Shirzadeh was arrested five years ago and sentenced to death. He was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution on Tuesday lunchtime and executed yesterday.”

At the time of writing, Reza’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

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.