Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); March 2, 2021: Morad Salehbeig received his 74 lashes sentence prior to being executed for murder charges in Zanjan Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Zanjan Central Prison on the morning of February 28. His identity has been established as 45-year-old Morad Salehbeigi who was a father of two from Marand.
He had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder and had also received a 74-lash sentence which was carried out prior to his execution. He spent around five years behind.
At the time of writing, Morad’s execution has not been announced by domestic media and 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.