Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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 | 14 executions in a week marks escalation on the eve of Ramadan

The Iranian regime has resumed executions after a 20-day hiatus around Nowruz holidays, putting to death at least 13 people, 10 of whom were convicted of drug related charges.

On April 11, a prisoner identified as Morteza Kabiri was executed in Isfahan Prison after being convicted of drug charges.

Three more prisoners in Isfahan Prison are believed to be in imminent danger of execution, according to reports from the province.

On the morning of Saturday, April 10, the authorities executed a prisoner identified as Yousef Rasho Hashtian (also known as Bayazid Rashidi). The man who was convicted of drug related charges was transferred to solitary confinement on April 8, to await his death sentence.

On Friday, April 9, four prisoners convicted of drug related charges were executed at Urmia Prison, northwest Iran. They were identified as Mahmoud Bayazid, Ali Mohammadzadeh, Arshad Heydari, and Hamid Najmi.

On Thursday, April 8, another man convicted of drug related charges identified as Safar Rahimi, 39, was hanged in Taybad Prison, in Razavi Khorasan Province. His family was granted a visit on April 7 for a final time before execution.

On Wednesday, April 7, an ethnic Baluch prisoner was executed also on drug charges in a prison in in the northeastern city of Sabzevar. The prisoner, Yaser Daryai Naroui was not given a final visit with his family before his death. He was reportedly denied access to a lawyer and was executed after almost a year and a half in detention.

On Sunday, April 4, three other inmates who were also convicted of drug charges were executed in Urmia Prison.

They are Ahad Habibvand, Sadegh Mohi and Mohammad Karim Mahmoudi.

On the same day another man identified as 36-year-old Hojjat Ghaed, was executed on murder charges in Zanjan Prison.

On April 8, the state run Rokna news agency reported that the authorities had executed two men in a prison in Babol, northern Iran. The men, identified by the state media as A.A and K.H were found guilty of murder.

The Iranian regime open-handedly uses the death penalty as a form of punishment. In many cases and in a discriminatory manner this punishment is carried out against the religious and ethnic minorities, political dissidents, and women.

More than 4,300 people have been executed in Iran during Rouhani’s tenure.

The actual number of executions and particularly the execution of women is much higher. 

The clerical regime carries out most executions in secret and out of the public eye. No witnesses are present at the time of execution but those who carry them out.

Source: iran-hrm.com, Staff, April 11, 2021

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