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Iran | Three executed on drug charges, man executed in Yasuj for murder

Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 15, 2020: Two prisoners on death row for "narcotics" and another for "narcotics and premeditated murder" were executed in Isfahan Central Prison. 

A further two prisoners were returned to their cells after either settling with their victim's families out of court or managing to buy time.

According to Iran Human Rights, on the morning of Saturday, July 11, the death sentences of three prisoners were carried out in Isfahan Central Prison. 

The identities of the three, whose sentences related to separate cases, have been established as Davoud Amani, Abdulaziz Shahbakhsh, and Abdullah Ghanbarzehi.

Davoud Amani, a Kashan native, was sentenced to death on "narcotics" charges as well as "premeditated murder". 

It is highly likely that he was sentenced to retribution in kind for the murder charge.

According to the Baloch Activists Campaign, which first broke the news of Abdulaziz and Abdullah's executions, Abdullah has been held in Isfahan prison for three years, and both men were sentenced to death on "narcotics" related charges.

On the same day, two other prisoners sentenced to death for "premeditated murder" were returned to their cells after either settling with the families of their victims out of court or managing to buy time.

At the time of publication, the execution of these prisoners has not been announced by local media or officials.

Since the beginning of 2020, at least seven prisoners have been executed on narcotics-related charges in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights' Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, in 2019, 30 people were executed on narcotics-related charges.

Prisoner Mohammad Hadi Dadian Executed in Yasuj


​Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 15, 2020: A prisoner, sentenced to retribution in kind (qisas) for "premeditated murder" was executed in Yasuj Central Prison.

According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Monday, July 13, a prisoner on death row was executed in Yasuj Central Prison. 

The identity of the prisoner has been established as Mohammad Hadi Dadian, around 25 years old, who was sentenced to retribution in kind for "premeditated murder" which occurred during a fight.

Mohammad's funeral was held on Monday evening in one of the villages of Boyer-Ahmad county, located in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province.

An informed source from Yasuj, said: “Mr Dadian was accused of stabbing the victim to death during a fight. He has been in Yasuj Prison since then, and despite the elders and Mr Dadian’s relatives mediation attempts and many people from Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province turning up outside the Yasuj Prison building to gain the victim’s family’s consent not to execute him, they refused to grant the consent and they ultimately executed Mr Dadian.”

At the time of publication, the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by local media or officials.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with "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 (mens rea) and the circumstances.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 15, 2020


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