Prisoner Akbar Farrokhi was executed on murder-related offences in Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province on 7 November.

He was sentenced to death under the Islamic law of qisas, or retribution-in-kind, which gives the victim’s family the right to retaliate.

Farrokhi and another prisoner, Amin Khorshidi, were transferred to solitary confinement for execution on 6 November.

Khorshidi’s execution was halted after the great efforts by some trustees and the agreement of the victim’s parents to receive “blood money” compensation instead.

Farrokhi, an Azerbaijani Turkic civilian from Orumiyeh, was arrested about four years ago on charges of “premeditated murder”.

Khorshidi, a Kurdish civilian from the village of Nergi in Orumiyeh, has been imprisoned for almost 14 years on similar charges.