Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 17, 2021: Mohammad Abdolrahim who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday. This is the second execution reported at the prison on that day.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, Mohammad Abdolrahim was executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on the morning of July 14. He was sentenced to qisas for murder and is the second prisoner to have been executed on that day at the prison.
Mohammad Abdolrahim was transferred to solitary confinement from Ward 6 of Rajai Shahr Prison and his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
On Thursday, IHR reported the execution of Afshin Gheidar who was executed in Rajai Shahr on Wednesday. Another prisoner, Mehdi Ghanbari, was also executed on murder charges at the same prison on July 10.
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.