Iran: 25-year-old Man Executed in Mashhad

May 22, 2021, 10:13 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); May 22, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Mashhad Central Prison on Wednesday.

According to Khorasan newspaper, a man only identified as 25-year-old Sajad, was executed in Mashhad Central Prison on May 19. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder during a fight.

Sajad was charged with murdering a 42 year old man during a fight on Adib boulevard in Mashhad on 7 February 2019. He was sentenced to public execution but his sentence was carried out in Mashhad Central Prison.

IHR previously reported the execution of 31-year-old Ghassem.B in Mashhad Central Prison on May 19, which makes this the second execution at the prison on that day.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "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.