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Samad Moradi’s Execution Sparks Prison Protest in Ramhormoz

1 Oct 23
Samad Moradi’s Execution Sparks Prison Protest in Ramhormoz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 1, 2023: Samad Moradi, a man on death row for murder, was executed in Ramhormoz Prison in Khuzestan. Prisoners had staged a protest to prevent his transfer for execution, which ended with eight prisoners sustaining injuries.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Ramhormoz Prison on 1 October. His identity has been established as Samad Moradi, a 30-year-old man from Izeh who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Samad Moradi was arrested for murder charges around five years ago and sentenced to qisas. When he was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution on Friday (29 September), other prisoners protested and set their blankets on fire to prevent his transfer. Ultimately, prison guards took Samad out of the ward. Eight prisoners were injured by prison guards.”

The IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency confirmed the unrest at the 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.