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Iran: Female Prisoner Kobra Fatemi Executed in Yazd

24 May 21
Iran: Female Prisoner Kobra Fatemi Executed in Yazd

Iran Human Rights (IHR); May 24, 2021: A woman sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Yazd Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a woman was executed in Yazd Central Prison in the early hours of May 23. Her identity has been established 41-year-old Kobra Fatemi who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

An informed source told IHR: “Kobra Fatemi was in prison for the murder of her husband since 2015 and the victim’s family were going to grant forgiveness but the victim’s paternal uncle who is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps insisted that the sentence must be carried out and that we don’t want diya (blood money) on behalf of the victim’s family.”

“Kobra Fatemi had been married for three years and didn’t have any children, but family disputes led to the murder of her husband,” the source added.

At the time of writing, her 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.