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8 Men Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison; 56 Executions in Past Fortnight

15 Jun
8 Men Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison; 56 Executions in Past Fortnight

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 15, 2022: Eight men were executed for murder charges in Rajai Shahr Prison today. At least 56 people have been executed in Iranian prisons in the last two weeks.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, eight men were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on 15 June. All men were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind).

Two of the men have been identified as 25-year-old Mohammad Shokri and 24-year-old Ali Gholami. The identities of the other six men have not been established at the time of writing. Iran Human Rights is continuing its investigations to establish their identities.

According to informed sources, the prisoners were transferred to the gallows from the youth wards 2 and 6 (known as Darol-Quran).

At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

At least 56 people have been executed in Iranian prisons in the last two weeks. Iran Human Rights had warned about the dramatic rise in executions since the nationwide protests began on 7 May.

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.