Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 4, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder has been executed in Arak Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in the early hours of February 26, in Arak Central Prison. The prisoner, identified as Ahmad Araji, had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges.
The murder he was accused of committing had taken place during a street fight four years ago.
At the time of writing, Ahmad Araji’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.