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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 one prisoner executed in Urmia

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 10, 2021: At least one prisoner sentenced to death on drug-related charges was executed in Urmia Central Prison last night.

According to Iran Human rights, a man was executed in Urmia Central Prison on the evening of April 9.

His identity has been established as Kolhar village native, Bayazid Rashidi-Hashtiani, who was around 40 years old and had been sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

On April 8, IHR reported that he had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution.

According to an informed source: “Bayazid Rashidi was a father of one and his funeral is currently underway in the village of Kolhar.”

At the time of writing, his execution has not been announced by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Three other prisoners who were identified as Sadegh Mohi, Mohammad Mahmoudi and Ahad Nematvand were also executed on drug-related charges in Urmia Central Prison on April 4.

It has been almost four years since an Article was added to the Anti-Narcotics Law in 2017 to limit death sentences specifically and provide a general degree of reprieve in some cases. 

However, while the numbers reduced that year, the death penalty is still being used in drug-related cases.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020.

Source: iranhr.net, Staff, April 10, 2021


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