Five Inmates Executed in Ghezel Hesar and Arak Prisons

Five inmates were executed on May 10, 2023, with three of them executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj and two in Arak Prison. All five inmates had previously been convicted of drug-related crimes.

HRANA has identified the three inmates executed in Ghezel Hesar as Hossein Panjak, Abdolhossein Emami Moghadam, and Babak Aghaye. According to an informed source, they had been imprisoned for 17, 9, and 8 years, respectively. Mizan, the judiciary’s news agency, claimed that these individuals were members of a “cocaine cartel known as Panjak.”

Currently, five death-row inmates are still being held in solitary confinement, awaiting imminent execution.

On the same day, two inmates, convicted of drug-related crimes, were executed in Arak Prison. HRANA is working to identify these inmates.

None of the official sources or media outlets inside the country have reported these executions at the time of writing.

This recent surge in executions is alarming, as at least 65 prisoners, including two women and two prisoners of conscience, have been executed in various Iranian prisons over the past twelve days.”