Javad Ghaljayi Executed for Accidental Killing in Zahedan

Nov. 5, 2021, 2:26 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 5, 2021: Baluch Javad Ghaljayi, sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Zahedan Central Prison.

According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, a Baluch man was executed in Zahedan Central Prison on the morning of November 4. His identity has been reported as Javad Ghaljayi from the Shirabad region of Zahedan and he was sentenced to qisas for murder.

Javad Ghaljayi was a businessman prior to his arrest two years ago and was charged with the unintentional killing of his friend during shooting.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

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.