Three Inmates Executed for Drug Crimes in Salmas Prison

On May 18, 2024, three inmates convicted of drug-related offenses were executed at Salmas Prison in West Azerbaijan province. HRANA identified one of the executed as 47-year-old Asghar Hajizadeh, a father of three.

According to reports received by HRANA, Hajizadeh and the two other inmates, all from a village in Salmas County, faced separate trials and received death sentences for drug offenses.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions at the time of writing. In 2023, 66% of HRANA’s reports on executions lacked official announcements by judicial authorities and went unreported by media inside Iran, highlighting a troubling lack of transparency in due process.

The reports from the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists for the year 2023 reveal a concerning prevalence of executions for drug offenses in Iran, constituting 56.4% of the total executions. For a comprehensive examination of the details and statistics surrounding the executions in Iran, refer to HRANA’s report.