Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 15, 2023: Official state media have reported the execution of an unnamed man for murder in Fereydounkenar Prison in Mazandaran province.
According to IRNA, a man was executed in Fereydounkenar Prison on 15 May. Sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder, he has only been identified by the initials M.A.
The report states he was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and child.
According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 582 people were executed in Iran. Of those, 288 were executed for murder charges.
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.