Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 16, 2022: Mohammad Bameri, a Baluch man sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Iranshahr Prison after he was unable to pay the €33k diya (blood money).
According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, a Baluch man was executed in Iranshahr Prison on the morning of May 14. His identity was reported as Mohammad Bameri from Bakhsh Daman in Iranshahr province. He was sentenced to qisas for murder.
The victim’s family had demanded 1 billion tomans (€33k) as diya (bloody money) instead of retribution but Mohammad Bameri’s family were unable to come up with that amount.
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to data gathered by Iran Human Rights, at least 183 people were executed on murder charges in 2021. Those charged with the umbrella term of “intentional murder” are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. Once a defendant has been convicted, the victim’s family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness.