Ali Imani Executed for Murder in Ardabil Central Prison

Dec. 27, 2021, 10:45 a.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); December 27, 2021: Ali Imani who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Ardabil Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Ardabil Central Prison on the morning of December 26. His identity has been established as 38-year-old Ali Imani who was sentenced to qisas for murder.

Speaking to Iran Human Rights, an informed source said: “Ali Imani was arrested for the murder of his wife three and a half years ago. He was the lawyer for Ward One of Ardabil Central Prison.”

At the time of writing, Ali’s 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.