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Afghan Abuzar Salem Executed in Isfahan

14 Apr
Afghan Abuzar Salem Executed in Isfahan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); April 14, 2024: Abuzar Salem, an Afghan national on death row for murder, was executed in Isfahan Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, an Afghan man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison (Dastgerd) on 13 April. His identity has been established Abuzar Salem, a 30-year-old man from Pol Khomri in Afghanistan.

Abuzar was arrested for murder around three years ago and sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

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.

In 2023, at least 282 people including two juvenile offenders and 15 women, were executed for murder charges, the second highest number of qisas executions since 2010. Only 20% of the recorded qisas executions were announced by official sources. In 2023, Iran Human Rights also recorded 857 cases of families choosing diya or forgiveness instead of qisas executions.

It is important to note that Afghan nationals constitute the largest group of non-Iranian executions and death row cases in Iranian prisons. The number of their executions have been steadily rising since the Taliban takeover in 2021. At least five Afghan nationals were executed in 2021 which more than tripled in 2022, with 16 Afghan nationals including a juvenile offender and a woman executed. In 2023, at least 25 Afghans were executed, a 56% rise compared to the previous year. Abuzar Salem is the sixth Afghan national executed in 2024.