Marouf Gholipour Executed in Shiraz

Nov. 17, 2021, 8:59 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 17, 2021: Marouf Gholipour, sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Shiraz Central Prison on the morning of November 14. His identity has been established as 41-year-old Marouf Gholipour from Kazeroun who was sentenced to qisas for murder.

Informed sources told Iran Human Rights that Marouf had been behind bars for around four years and had been obtain his victim’s family’s forgiveness.

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.