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Stay of Execution for Father and Daughter on Death Row in Domestic Violence Case

24 Feb
Stay of Execution for Father and Daughter on Death Row in Domestic Violence Case

Iran Human Rights (IHR); February 24, 2021: A father and daughter who had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions in Rasht Central Prison have been returned to their cells after receiving a stay of execution.

Iran Human Rights previously reported that a father and daughter on death row for murder, had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions at Rasht Central Prison on February 20. Identified as Ebrahim and Maryam Karimi, they had already said their goodbyes in their last visit together when their execution was halted by judicial officials and they were returned to their cells.

According to informed sources, Ebrahim and Maryam Karimi were arrested and sentence to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for the murder of her husband who was abusive and physically violent but would not consent to a divorce.

An informed source told IHR: “This father and daughter have been in prison for the last 13 years, Maryam gave birth in prison and that baby is now 12 years old and considered one of the victim’s family. The reason for stopping the execution could be that the child is now of legal age.”

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.