A prisoner accused of murder executed in Yazd Central Prison
Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, August 13, 2020, The death sentence of a prisoner accused of premeditated murder was carried out in Yazd Central Prison.
According to the report of Human Rights in Iran quoted from Iran Human Rights, Mojtaba Toutounchi, a prisoner charged with premeditated murder and incarcerated in Yazd Central Prison, who had previously been sentenced to retaliation (qisas) on this charge, was executed at dawn on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
“Mojtaba was arrested because of a fight in which his brother-in-law’s friend was killed, however, according to him, at the moment of the fight, another person had stabbed the victim and fled. The victim’s family was suspicious of Mojtaba and insisted on his retaliation,” an informed source stated.
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.
According to international instruments of human rights, as well as Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Based on the statistics published by human rights organizations, Iran is one of the countries with the highest per capita executions, and in the world rankings, Iran has the highest number of annual executions after China.
On February 18, 2020, Amnesty International released a report interpreting human rights abuses in Iran, stating in a part of the report on the issuance and execution of death sentences: The death penalty continues to be used for acts permitted by international human rights law, including sexual intercourse with consensual homosexuals and sexual intercourse outside of marriage. The death sentence also continues for crimes such as insulting the Prophet of Islam, muharebeh (waiging war against God), and corruption on earth, which have very vague definitions.