Iran: Man hanged in Saveh prison

Iran Human Rights, April 16, 2014: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Saveh (west of Tehran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, “Gh. Sh.” (41 year old) was convicted of murdering “S. F.” in 2004, and sentenced to qesas (retribution in kind) by the Judiciary.

The report says: “since the daughter of the victim, who was supposed to demand the retribution (execution) was a minor at that time, the execution had not been carried out before. But after reaching 18 she demanded execution of the prisoner and he was executed in the prison of Saveh early this morning”.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns the Iranian authorities for putting the responsibility of the executions in murder cases on the shoulders on the victims family members who are civilians who already have suffered loosing one of their loved ones.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: ” This is nothing but promoting a culture of murder and violence. Qesas is an inhumane law where the authorities convert a civilian who has lost a loved one into a murderer”.

(Source: Iran Human Rights)

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