Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 19, 2023: State media have reported the execution of an unnamed man for rape during the course of a robbery in Dezful Prison.
According to ISNA, a man was executed in Dezful Prison in Khuzestan province. His identity and the exact date of the execution has not been specified.
Mehdi Amadeh, the Dezful Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor said: “In July 2017, this individual entered a citizen’s house with the intention of robbery and committed rape.”
In cases of rape, there is a high chance of defendants being tortured to make false confessions, which is used to issue death sentences. In Iran is one of the few countries in the world that issues the death penalty for rape. A lot of cases are also rushed without the defendants having access to a lawyer.
According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 23 people were executed for rape charges in 2022 compared to 10 in 2021 and 12 in 2020.