Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 26, 2021: Hossein Abdollahzadeh who was sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Shiraz Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Shiraz Central Prison on the morning of July 20. His identity has been established as Hossein Abdollahzadeh who was sentenced to qisasfor murder.
Speaking to IHR, informed sources said: “Hossein had been behind bars for five years on murder charges. The victim’s family refused to forgo retribution until the last minute.”
At the time of writing, his execution has not be 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.