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The death sentence of a prisoner was carried out in Vakilabad Prison of Mashhad

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Human Rights in Iran – Saturday, June 13th 2020/ The death sentence of a prisoner accused of premeditated murder, imprisoned in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison which has Supreme Court approved by branch 11 of the Supreme Court, was carried out.

According to Human Rights in Iran, quoting Rokna (news agency), in the early morning on Tuesday, June 9th 2020, a prisoner imprisoned in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison who previously was accused of the murder of his father in law was executed in this prison. He was sentenced to retaliation (Qisas) by branch 3 of the Criminal Court in Khorasan Razavi and the verdict was exactly upheld by branch 11 of the Supreme Court of the State.

According to the report: “A young man who killed his wife’s father due to financial disputes was executed at dawn last week Tuesday in the Central Prison of Mashhad.”

The murder occurred on August 1 2011 in one of the districts of Neyshabur, while the groom and the woman’s father got into a fight over financial issues in which the young groom stabbed his father in law to death.

After the arrest of the defendant and the preliminary investigations of the case, it was referred to branch 3 of the Criminal Court of Khorasan Razavi and the young groom confessed to killing of his father in law.

The verdict was reconsidered by branch 11 of the Supreme Court after the defendant’s lawyer protested, however the death sentence was exactly upheld.

According to the annual report by Amnesty International in 2019, the Iranian government executed at least 251 people. At least 4 of those executed were under the age of 18 at the time of crime. However due to the lack of transparency of the authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country and it may be much higher than the announced figures.

Considering the International Instrument of Human Rights and also the Article 5 in Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one should be treated in a manner that causes their degrdation and humiliation.

On February 18, 2020, Amnesty International released a report describing human rights abuses in Iran, in which issued a report on the issuance and enforcement of death sentences: “International human rights law allows acts involving same-sex sexual intercourse with reciprocal consent and extramarital sex; muharebeh (enmity against God), spreading corruption on earth, insulting Mohammed the prophet and fighting against Islamic State are crime titles punishment of which is execution and hanging while there is no vague definition for them, yet.”

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