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Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting

Iran: At least 2 hanged in Urmia, prisoner executed in Shiraz

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Iran Human Rights (Jan 29, 2018): At least two prisoners were hanged at Urmia Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Sunday, January 28, at least two prisoners were executed at Urmia Central Prison (Darya). The prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Moreover, another prisoner named Hamdollah Mohammadpour, who was scheduled to be executed on the same day, was able to win the consent of the plaintiff by paying four hundred million Tomans (nearly 88400 dollars) and returned to his cell.

According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network, the executed prisoners were identified as Mehran Behshad from ward 14 and Farhad Alba from ward 3-4.

According to some sources, the number of executions was more than two but it has not been confirmed yet.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Execution in Shiraz


Iran Human Rights (Jan 22, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Adelabad Prison in Shiraz on the charge of murdering a man during a street fight.

According to Mehr News, on the morning of Sunday, January 21, a prisoner was executed at Adelabad Prison in Shiraz.

The prisoner, identified as Hossein Kh., was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a man during a street fight. The murder occurred in August 2016, and the murder weapon was an axe.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of any classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for all types of the murder, regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 30, 2018


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