Iran: Mohammad Aziz Mahmoudi at imminent risk of execution in Sanandaj

June 29, 2020, 1:59 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 29, 2020: Mohammad Aziz Mahmoudi, on death row for "premeditated murder", is scheduled to be executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on Tuesday, June 30.

According to IHR, the young man on death row is scheduled to be executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2020. The identity of the 25-year-old prisoner, who was sentenced to “retaliation” (qisas) for premeditated murder, has been established as Mohammad Aziz Mahmoudi, a resident of Dezli village in Marivan, western Iran.

He is accused of “murdering" Diako Karimi around two years ago, when he was only 23 years old, during an “honour” dispute.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths in some of Iran’s western region prisons following the prisoner unrests after the outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) in prisons.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 225 of the 280 executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder" in the country.

As there are no legal distinctions between murder and manslaughter in Iran, the accused will receive the death penalty regardless of the circumstances and the intent.