Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); February 4, 2022: Mohammad Ghaneh and a man only identified as Akbar, were executed on murder charges in Shiraz Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Shiraz Central Prison on the morning of January 26. One of the men’s identity has been established as 35-year-old Mohammad Ghaneh but the second man has only been identified as Akbar. They were both sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
At the time of writing, neither of their 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."
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.