Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 26, 2023: Hamed Heydari, a conscript soldier sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for participation in murder, was executed in Khalkhal Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Khalkhal Prison on January 25. His identity has been established as Hamed Heydari who was sentenced to qisas for participation in murder.
An informed source previously told Iran Human Rights: “Hamed Heydar was a soldier in Khalkhal Prison and is accused of committing murder with another prisoner called Hassan [full name withheld by IHRNGO] who was under 18. This is while Hamed’s family insist that he didn’t commit the murder and was only with Hassan.”
Hamed Heydari was executed while the first defendant in the case was released after the victim’s family chose to forgo their right to execution.
Iran Human Rights previously reported that Hamed was at risk of execution in Khalkhal Prison.
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
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.