Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 24, 2021: A prisoner named Asef Taghinejad who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Tabriz Central Prison in early March.
According to Hrana news agency, a man was executed in Tabriz Central Prison on the morning of March 8. His identity has been established as Asef Taghinejad, who was from the village of Aruq in East Azerbaijan Province, and had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
Asef Taghinejad who had been behind bars on murder charges for 28 months, was executed without a last visit with his family in accordance with Iranian law.
At the time of writing, Asef Taghinejad’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.