Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); February 17, 2022: Kazem Yousefi who was sentenced to qisas for murder, has been executed in Isfahan Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison on the morning of February 16. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Kazem Yousefi who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
According to informed sources, he was previously detained at Khomeini Shahr Prison and had been transferred to Isfahan Central Prison, the city that the murder took place in, 15 days prior to execution.
At the time of writing, Kazem’s 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.