Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 28, 2022: Co-defendants Payam Yazdani and Heyva Ahmadi have been identified as two of the men executed with Soheila Abedi in Sanandaj Central Prison on July 27.
According to newly confirmed information, two men were executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on July 27. Their identities have been established as 26-year-old Payam Yazdani and 37-year-old Heyva Ahmadi, both from the village of Bisaran in Marivan and sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
Informed sources told Iran Human Rights: “Payam Yazdani and Heyva Ahmadi were arrested for the murder of their friend around seven years ago.”
Iran Human Rights previously reported the execution of Soheil Abedi, a child bride, at the prison on that day. Another prisoner named Abdollah Rahimi was also taken to the gallows with the executed prisoners but there is no information about his fate at this time.
At the time of writing, none of their executions have 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.
At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.