Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 17, 2022: Ghobad Khodakarami, a retired teacher sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison.
According to HRANA news agency, a man was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison on the morning of May 7. His identity has been reported as Ghobad Khodakarami who was sentenced to qisas for murder.
An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Ghobad Khodakarami was a retired teacher who was arrested three years ago for murder by the Khorramabad police and sentenced to qisas.”
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.