An Iranian Judiciary official called for the death penalty for people who deliberately spread the deadly COVID-19 virus.
According to Moj state-run News Agency, the Human Rights and International Affairs Deputy of the Ministry of Justice said yesterday that “Those who are aware that they are infected with the coronavirus, do not wear masks and cough or sneeze, and fail to comply with health protocols, are deliberately spreading the virus.”
Mahmoud Abbasi said that if the actions of the COVID-19 infected person leads to the death of others, it would be considered an “intentional crime and warrants retribution”.
According to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s penal code, which literally encourages “an eye for an eye”, the retribution for a deliberate crime that leads to death is execution.
“If someone is infected with COVID-19 and deliberately endangers the health and lives of others, they have committed an intentional crime and punishments have been considered for this in the penal code,” he added.
He also went further than calling for the execution of those who deliberately spread the virus and called on lawmakers to consider heavy punishment for people who don’t wear masks and fail to comply with health protocols without intentionally spreading the virus.
Abbasi added, “All those who don’t carry out health protocols and the orders of executive officials should be warned that heavy penalties are awaiting them.”
“The Government, the Judiciary and the security and law enforcement forces cannot and must not ignore these issues.”
Iranian officials blame Iran’s COVID-19 crisis on Iranians. This is while the regime did not carry out any preventive measures and there are many speculations that they deliberately refrained from taking initial precautionary measures.
Iranian officials lifted restrictions very early on despite the dangers of the contagion, while covering up the number of infections and deaths.
According to the National Council of Resistance, over 70,000 people have died from COVID-19.