Iran: Death Row Inmate Executed in Kermanshah Central Prison

July 13, 2020, 5:54 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 13, 2020: The sentence of a prisoner who was sentenced to retribution in kind (execution) on charges of "premeditated murder" was carried out in Kermanshah Central Prison (Dizel Abad).

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), a prisoner on death row was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison on the morning of Sunday, July 12th. The identity of this prisoner has been established as Farzad Shokri, who was sentenced to retribution in kind for "premeditated murder".

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network, which first published the news, wrote that Farzad Shokri was from Sarpol-e Zahab and had been on death row in prison for about four years

At the time of publication, the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by local media or officials.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder."

As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent (mens rea) and the circumstances.