On July 31, 2023, Birjand Prison in South Khorasan province witnessed the execution of an inmate convicted of drug-related crimes, according to Rasank News.
The inmate was identified as Farhad Badroozeh, a married individual hailing from Sistan and Baluchestan Province, who had been sentenced to death six years ago. Shockingly, the execution occurred without any prior notice to his family, depriving him of a final visitation.
On the same day, Haal Vsh reported the execution of four more inmates in Zahedan Prison. They were identified as Khodarahm Mohammadani (55), Saeed Brahui (38), Ali Brahui (39), and Shahsavar Shahriari (53). These inmates had been convicted of drug offenses four years ago.
These executions have raised concerns about the use of capital punishment in drug-related cases. In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 457 reports related to the death penalty. This included 92 death sentences, including the conviction of 6 people to public execution and 565 execution sentences were carried out, 2 of which have been carried out in public. Based on the announced identifications of some of the executed individuals, 501 were male and 11 were female. In addition, 5 juvenile offenders were executed in 2022, meaning they were under the age of 18 at the time they committed the crime.