Following the execution of an inmate who has been convicted for murder in Dehdasht Prison, a fierce quarrel broke out between the families of the victim and the executed inmate. A 16 year old boy was killed in the fight.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, an inmate identified as Khodadadi in Dehdasht was executed. The young man killed in the fight was Shahrokh Khodadadi.
Two years ago, Khodadadi was arrested accused of killing a man by the name of Saleh Afzoon. Subsequently, he was sentenced to death by judicial authorities.
After the execution and funeral, a fight broke out between the two families. Shahrokh Khodadadi was killed from a shot to the head and several others were injured.
As experts stress, capital punishment perpetuates the cycle of violence. This is particularly pertinent when the criminal law, derived from Islamic Sharia Law, considers the execution as vengeance which is decided by the blood avengers (usually one of the victim’s family members).