Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 23, 2021: A prisoner named Hossein Akchin who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Ardabil Central Prison last week.
According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Ardabil Central Prison on March 14. He had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder and recently transferred to Ardabil Central Prison from Meshgin Shahr Prison for execution.
His identity has been established as Hossein Akchin, who was around 35 years-old. According to informed sources, he was arrested on murder charges about six years ago and had been in prison since.
At the time of writing, Hossein Akchin’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.