Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 12, 2021: A prisoner who was most likely sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in the early hours of Wednesday, June 9 in Rajai Shahr Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed at 3:30 am on Wednesday, June 9 in Rajai Shahr Prison. At the time of writing, his identity has not been established.
Speaking to IHR, an informed source said: “The prisoner was transferred from Ward 2 (Dar ol-Quran) to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution, and was most likely sentenced to death on murder charges.”
At the time of writing, the prisoner’s 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.