Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 4, 2023: Feizollah Kavandi, a man sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Isfahan Central Prison. Four other executions were postponed.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison on 30 April. His identity has been established as Feizollah Kavandi who was sentenced to qisas for murder.
Feizollah Kavandi was transferred from Najaf Abad Prison along with four others for execution at Isfahan Central Prison a few days ago. The other four prisoners who are also on death row for murder, were transferred to Ward 4 of the prison after the postponement of their executions.
At the time of writing, Feizollah Kavandi’s execution has not been reported by domestic media and officials in Iran.
According to data collected by Iran Human Rights, at least 582 people were executed in 2022. Only 71 (12%) were reported by official sources.
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.