Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 10, 2021: Four men were secretly executed in Shiraz Central Prison in September. They had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were secretly executed in Shiraz Central Prison on September 8. Their identities have been established as Meysam Atefifard and Hadi Razi.
Two more prisoners were also executed in the prison later in the month. Rasoul Akrami and Omid Keshtkar were executed on 21 and 22 September
At the time of writing, none of the four men’s executions have 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." One case of qassameh was recorded by IHR in 2020.
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.