Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); August 16, 2022: Misagh Yavari was executed for murder in Khorramabad Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison on August 15. His identity has been established as Misagh Yavari, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Misagh Yavari was arrested four years ago and had sought the forgiveness of the victim’s family several times in that period. But the family weren’t willing to even accept diya, they wanted the sentence to be carried out.”
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.
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.