Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); February 8, 2022: Sentenced to qisas for murder, Mirza Rouhifar was executed in Aligoudarz Prison on February 7.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Aligoudarz Prison on the morning of February 7. His identity has been established as 37-year-old Mirza Rouhifar, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
Speaking to Iran Human Rights, an informed source said: “Mirza Rouhifar sold tyres prior to his arrest. He was arrested on charges of murdering his neighbour over financial disputes and sentenced to death.”
At the time of writing, his execution has 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.