Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 9, 2021: Three men sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison and three others returned to their cells after obtaining extensions in the case.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed on murder charges in Rajai Shahr Prison on September 8. Their identities have not been established at the time of writing.
Informed sources told IHR that the three men had been transferred to solitary confinement from Ward 5 of the prison as part of a group of six. The other three detainees were returned to their cells after they obtained extensions in their cases.
At the time of writing, the execution of the three men has not been announced 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 the intent and circumstances.