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A prisoner accused of premeditated murder executed

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Human Rights in Iran – Friday, July 31, 2020 / The death sentence of a prisoner accused of premeditated murder was carried out in Sanandaj Central Prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, this morning, Thursday, July 30, 2020, Morteza Pirkhezri, born in 1978, a prisoner accused of premeditated murder and sentenced to death was executed in Sanandaj Central Prison.

According to a credible source: “The execution of this prisoner was delayed by giving a 45-day deadline to pay 2 billion Tomans as the blood money, but the prison authorities suddenly executed him on Monday, July 27, 2020.”

Morteza Pirkhezri was transferred from the public ward to a solitary confinement in Sanandaj Central Prison on the morning of July 25 (2020) for enforcing the death penalty.

This death row prisoner was arrested on charges of premeditated murder in 2018, and after being interrogated and informed of the charges was sentenced to death by the Criminal Court and the Supreme Court.

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 degradation and humiliation.

According to statistics released by human rights organizations, Iran is one of the countries with the highest number of executions per capital and after China the highest number of executions are in Iran.

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; 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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