Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 30, 2023: State media have reported the execution of an unnamed man for rape charges in Qom Central Prison.
According to Fars news agency, a man was executed in Qom Central Prison in the month of Tir (22 June-22 July). The report does not specify his identity or the exact date of the execution.
The unnamed man alleged to have “kidnapped, raped and robbed female travellers.”
An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “This man’s execution was carried out on 22 July. A murder death row prisoner was also transferred to the gallows with him but was returned to his cell after obtaining an extension in his case.”
In cases of rape, there is a high chance of defendants being tortured to make false confessions, which is used to issue death sentences. Iran is one of the few countries in the world to still carry out rape executions.
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. With today’s executions, seven people have so far been executed for rape charges in 2023.
UPDATE, 3 September 2023:
According to newly obtained information by Iran Human Rights, his name was Amirhossein Talkhabi and his execution was carried out on 23 July 2023. An informed source told Iran Human Rights: "Amirhossein was married and was arrested less than a year prior to his execution."