Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 19, 2021: Sufi Hossein Mohammadi who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Zanjan Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Zanjan Central Prison on the morning of July 18. His identity has been established Sufi Hossein Mohammadi, who had been sentenced to qisas on murder charges.
Informed sources told IHR that Sufi Hossein Mohammadi had been detained on the murder charge around nine years ago.
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.