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Prisoner Sohrab Masgari Executed in Gonbad Kavous Prison, Iran

16 Apr
Prisoner Sohrab Masgari Executed in Gonbad Kavous Prison, Iran

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 16, 2021: A prisoner named Sohrab Masgari who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Gonbad Kavous Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Gonbad Kavous Prison on April 13. His identity has been established as Sohrab Masgari, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Informed sources told IHR: “Sohrab Masgari had been in prison for around four years. He had committed the murder due to a financial debt.”

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder."

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.