Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 11, 2022: State media have reported the execution of an unnamed man for murder in Jolfa Prison, East Azerbaijan Prison.
According to Rokna, a man was executed at an unspecified date in Jolfa Prison. The unnamed man sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
The report states that the executed man had set fire to a house with two other men on 17 April 2009, which had caused the death of a pregnant woman and her six-year-old child.
His execution was carried out after half the diya was paid by a public fund as a woman’s diya is half a man’s. One of his co-defendants is also awaiting execution and another managed to escape the gallows after the victims’ family chose to forgo their right to retribution.
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.