Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 15, 2021: At least two prisoners sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder were executed in Kermanshah Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed on murder charges on the morning of October 11. The identity of one of the men has been established as 23-year-old Mohammad Latifi.
The identity of the second executed man has not been established at the time of writing but he was an Islamabad native and was sentenced to qisas for murder. According to local sources, the number of people executed that day is likely to be higher.
At the time of writing, their executions have 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.