Iran: Prisoner Jafar Hassani Executed in Rasht

Nov. 8, 2020, 7:09 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 8, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed at Rasht Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison (Lakan) on the morning of Sunday, 1 November 2020. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Jafar Hassani, from Fuman, North Iran.  

Informed sources familiar with Jaffar Hassani’s case told IHR: "He had been in prison since 2017 and he was on death row for an honour killing."

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

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.