Execution of Three Inmates for Drug Offenses in Karaj

On January 29, 2024, authorities at the Central Prison of Karaj executed three individuals convicted of drug-related crimes.

HRANA has identified two of them as Ajamian and Jafari (first names unknown). These inmates had previously received death sentences for drug offenses. HRANA had reported their relocation to solitary confinement the day before.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions at the time of writing. The lack of official information raises concerns about transparency and accountability in the execution 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.

Execution of at Least 11 Prisoners in Karaj Raises Concerns

On January 14, 2024, the Central Prison of Karaj executed at least 11 death-row convicts, with five of them sentenced for drug-related offenses.

According to HRANA, individuals named Akbar Taj, Hoajjat Miri, Hamed Nazari, Ahmad Latifi, and Mohammad Ali (last name unknown) were among those hanged. HRANA is actively working to identify the remaining individuals.

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.

In 2023, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered the execution of  746 individuals. Out of these, 6 were carried out in public. Among the executed individuals whose genders were identified, 597 were male and 20 were female. Additionally, 2 juvenile offenders, defined as individuals under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged crimes, were also executed. For a comprehensive examination of the details and statistics surrounding the executions in Iran, refer to HRANA’s annual report.

 

Four Inmates Executed in Karaj Following Drug Convictions

On December 12, 2023, the Central Prison of Karaj carried out the execution of four individuals who had been convicted of drug-related offenses, employing hanging as the method of execution.

HRANA has identified two of the executed individuals as Amin Zakeri and Khalil (last name unknown). HRANA is actively engaged in the process of identifying the remaining two inmates. HRANA is working on identifying the remaining two inmates.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions at the time of writing. The lack of official information raises concerns about transparency and accountability in the execution process.

According to data compiled by the Center of Statistics of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA), between October 10, 2022, and October 8, 2023, a total of 659 individuals were executed by hanging in Iran, representing a 24% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Seven of these executions were conducted publicly. Concerningly, many of the defendants were denied access to a fair trial and due process. For details and statistics, read HRANA’s report.

Report on Abolfazl Pour-Hosseini’s Condition in Central Prison of Karaj

Abolfazl Pour-Hosseini, a follower of Iranian mysticism known as Erfan-e-Halgheh, has recently been sentenced to three years in prison with an additional two years of suspended imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court. He is currently imprisoned in the Central Prison of Karaj.

A source close to Pour-Hosseini’s family provided HRANA with details about this verdict. Moreover, Pour-Hosseini faces charges of “propaganda against the regime and inciting people to act against national security” in a separate case under review by the Karaj Revolutionary Court.

According to this source, Pour-Hosseini has rejected the charges and declined to sign the charge sheet.

On June 13, 2023, IRGC Intelligence forces in Karaj arrested Pour-Hosseini, detaining him in the Central Prison of the city. According to a statement from one of his friends to HRANA, Pour-Hosseini was distributing a leaflet about Erfan-e-Halgheh at the time of his arrest.

Pour-Hosseini had previously been arrested in 2022 for attending a meeting of this mysticist group in Qom, being released on bond after a period of detention. Aged approximately 47, Pour-Hosseini is the father of one daughter and anticipates becoming a father once again.

Notably, concerns persist about the violation of freedom of religion in Iran, exemplified by cases like Pour-Hosseini’s. This incident adds to ongoing apprehensions regarding the protection of religious rights in the country.

 

Four Inmates Executed for Drug Offenses in Central Prison of Karaj

On December 5, 2023, the Central Prison of Karaj carried out the execution of four inmates convicted of drug offenses.

HRANA has identified three of the executed inmates as Sasan Maleki, Mojtaba Amiri, and Manouchehr Nourabad (Barzgar). These individuals had been transferred to solitary confinement in anticipation of their impending executions. HRANA is actively working to identify the fourth inmate involved in the execution.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions at the time of writing. The lack of official information raises concerns about transparency and accountability in the execution process.

According to data compiled by the Center of Statistics of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA), between October 10, 2022, and October 8, 2023, a total of 659 individuals were executed by hanging in Iran, representing a 24% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Seven of these executions were conducted publicly. Concerningly, many of the defendants were denied access to a fair trial and due process. For details and statistics, read HRANA’s report.

 

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Three Inmates Executed in Central Prison of Karaj; Three Others Face Imminent Execution

On August 9, 2023, the Central Prison of Karaj carried out the execution of three inmates who had been convicted of drug-related offenses. Simultaneously, three other death-row inmates were transferred to solitary confinement, heightening concerns about their imminent execution.

The executed prisoners have been identified by HRANA as Amir Jahangiri, Mohsen, and Sajad (last names unknown). They had been moved to solitary confinement six days prior to their execution.

HRANA is actively engaged in gathering further information regarding this incident.

These executions bring renewed attention to the ongoing discussions surrounding the criminal justice system’s approach to drug-related crimes. In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran recorded 457 reports concerning the death penalty. Approximately 43% of these executions were linked to drug-related charges.

 

Three Inmates Executed for Drug-Related Crimes in Central Prison of Karaj

On July 2, 2023, three inmates convicted of drug-related crimes were executed at the Central Prison of Karaj.

HRANA has identified two of these inmates as Farshad Abdoli and Mojtaba Chegeni. Both individuals had previously received death sentences for drug offenses.
At the time of writing, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have reported on these executions.

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.

Mojtaba Chegeni
                           Mojtaba Chegeni

 

 

Two Inmates Executed in Central Prison of Karaj

On June 6, 2023, two inmates who had been convicted of drug-related crimes were executed by officials at the Central Prison of Karaj.

HRANA has identified one of these individuals as “Einollah Badri-Nejad.”

Earlier, HRANA had reported the relocation of these inmates, indicating that the implementation of the death penalty was imminent.

As of now, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have reported on these executions.

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.

 

Execution of Three Inmates at Central Prison of Karaj

HRANA, Human Rights Activists News Agency – On May 30, 2023, the Central Prison of Karaj officials carried out the execution of three inmates who had been convicted of drug-related offenses.

One of the executed prisoners has been identified as Ezatali Sabzi, a 44-year-old resident of Harsin County, Kermanshah Province. HRANA is currently in the process of identifying the two remaining individuals.

At the time of writing, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have reported on these executions.

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.

 

Four Inmates Executed in Karaj and Shiraz

On December 28, 2022, three inmates convicted of drug-related crimes were executed in the Central Prison of Karaj. Also, on the same day, an inmate previously convicted of murder was executed in Adel-Abad Prison, Shiraz.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, three men, of which two have been identified by HRANA as Davood Yousefi and Ebrahim Ajalli, were executed in the Central Prison of Karaj.

Iran Human Rights Organization also reported the execution of an Afghan national Davood Rahmat-Ali in Adel-Abad Prison on the same day. Three years ago, Rahmat-Ali was arrested and sentenced to death for murder and carrying illegal weapons.  

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

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.