Yousef Ghahremani Transferred for Execution in Ardabil Central Prison

Sept. 19, 2021, 6:07 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 19, 2021: Yousef Ghahremani, who was sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a death row prisoner was transferred from Ward 4 of Ardabil Central Prison to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution today. The identity of the prisoner who was sentenced to qisas for murder has been established as Ardabil-native, Yousef Ghahremani.

Informed sources have told IHR that Yousef was arrested and sentenced to qisas around ten years ago.

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." One case of qassameh was recorded by IHR in 2020.

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 the intent and circumstances.