Iran: Prisoner Executed at Mashhad Central Prison

Oct. 15, 2020, 1:20 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); October 15, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed at Mashhad Central Prison on Sunday. IHR previously published news of the execution of a female prisoner at the same prison, on the same day, raising Mashhad Central Prison’s execution count to two for Sunday, October 11.

According to the Khorasan newspaper website, on the morning of Sunday, October 11, the death sentence of a male prisoner was carried out in Mashhad Central Prison. The prisoner, who has only been identified as 37 year old Ali had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Ali was accused of stabbing someone to death during a fight in a drug den in 2016, when he was 33 years old.

It should be noted, that with the execution of a female prisoner (Razieh, 33 years old) on that day, the number of people executed at Mashhad Central Prison on October 11 now stands at two.

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 and the circumstances.