Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); February 21, 2022: Hamed Kheradmand, a Baluch man sentenced to qisas for murder, was executed in Zahedan Central Prison.
According to Hal Vash, a Baluch man was executed in Zahedan Central Prison on the morning of February 19. His identity is reported as 35-year-old Hamed Kheradmand who was from Sistan and Baluchistan and resided in Mashhad. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
Hamed Kheradmand was arrested on charges of killing a family member in 2018 and sentenced to qisas by Branch One of the Zahedan Criminal Court.
At the time of writing, Hamed’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 and no grading, 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.