Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); September 8, 2022: Seven men were executed for murder in Rajai Shahr Prison yesterday. Six other men were returned to their cells after their executions were delayed for unknown reasons.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, seven men were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on September 7. They were all sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
Three of their identities have been established as: Abolfazl Shahi, Mohammad Arab and Khosro Nourbakhsh. The idenitites of the other four men have not been established at the time of writing.
Six other men were transferred to the gallows on September 8 but were returned to their cells after their executions were delayed for unknown reasons.
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.