Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 1, 2019: A nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed in Kerman city on Thursday for the charge of killing a hunter.
According to the Iranian state-run news agency ISNA, on the morning of Thursday, November 28, a nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed for shooting an illegal hunter to death ten years ago.
His identity is not revealed. However, a police official said, “the guard had killed a hunter outside of his area of responsibility on his off-day.”
The guard was held in prison for ten years before the execution. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind).
According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money). In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.
Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.