Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 3, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges has been executed in Dastgard Prison in Isfahan.
According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in the early hours of March 3, in Dastgard Prison, Isfahan. The prisoner, identified as Farhad Abdullahnejad, was a Kashan native and had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges.
Speaking to IHR, an informed source said: "Farhad was arrested on murder charges around five years ago. He had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution seven months ago but he was returned to his cell after he managed to obtain an extension, but he was unable to change his victim’s family’s mind in that period.”
At the time of writing, Farhad’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
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.