Iran Hands Death Penalty on These Crimes: Special Report

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As the death penalty has been abolished from most countries in the world, Iran is among the three countries that often practice it.

Recently, the Islamic Republic handed the death penalty to a world-renowned wrestler Navid Afkari despite the global pressure for reducing his punishment and mercy pleas from global organizations.

The 27-year-old was accused of killing a private guard during the 2018 riots. However, Navid said he was forced to confess the “crime”

Amnesty International termed Navid’s hanging ridicule of justice, and some analysts claim that Iran uses the death penalty in order to stifle dissent.

In recent years, there have been increased protests against death penalties in Iran. For instance, hundreds of thousands of social media consumers protested online July this year against the death penalty of the three people. They also demanded the penalty to be repealed.

In this special report, we will discuss the crimes that may incur death penalties in Iran.

Crimes That Could Incur Death Sentences in Iran


There are four kinds of crimes that could take the accused to the gallows.
The first of those is the intentional killing of a person, then sexual crimes like rape, blasphemy, and creating a disturbance on Earth. Besides, a person raising armed struggle against the state is also punishable to death.

Though the punishment of intentional killing is the death penalty, it can be pardoned if the relative of the murderer decides to pardon the killer.

The crimes, including repudiation (changing religion), blaspheming the Prophet of Islam, or security-related crimes, draw the harshest punishments.

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For these crimes, the Islamic Republic awards the punishment of death.
In addition, another unpardoning crime is the disturbance of peace in the society. According to Iranian law, “any person who acts against the integrity of members of the state, or against the country’s internal or external security, or spread rumors, or disturbs the national economy, or proliferates the poisonous material or firearms, or indulges in corruption or deals in prostitution, will be considered a disturber of the peace and hence will be awarded a death sentence.”

Who are Given Temporary Relief from Death Penalty?


Children below 18 or pregnant women are given temporary relief if they are punishable by death in the country’s law. However, their sentences are not called off or pardoned.

It means if a child commits a crime that is punishable by death, he will not be awarded a death punishment until he attains a certain age of maturity according to Iranian law. By reaching adulthood, if the relatives of the murdered do not pardon the child, he will be sent to the gallows.

Similarly, a pregnant woman’s death punishment is withheld until two years after she gives birth to her child. After that, there is no provision in the law to withhold the punishment any further.

About Staff Writer

My focus is on politics, history, religion, and philosophy of life. I present news analysis and opinion on current affairs and occasionally produce satire articles

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