Three Inmates Executed in Karaj

On February 14, 2023, the Central Prison of Karaj officials executed three inmates convicted of drug-related crimes and murder.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on February 14, 2023, three inmates were executed in the Central Prison of Karaj.

HRANA has identified one of these individuals as Mehdi Doostari, previously convicted of drug offenses. HRANA is working on identifying two other executed prisoners convicted of murder.

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.

Five Inmates Executed in Different Prisons 

In recent days, five inmates were executed in Minab, Dastgerd, Adel-Abad, Zanjan and Central Karaj Prisons.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Iran Human Rights Organization, on Thursday, May 19, 2022, an inmate identified as Ahmad Gashul, 21, was executed in Dastgerd Prison in Isfahan.

In November of 2019, Gashul’s assistance in escaping two prisoners led to the death of a prison guard. 

On Wednesday, May 18, in Central Prison of Karaj, an inmate identified as Ayat Ghasemi Delfani was also executed for murder and drug-related crimes. 

According to an informed source, the murder case was about killing a fellow inmate in prison and drug-related crimes.

Additionally, Haal Vsh News reported the execution of an inmate identified as Abdolbari Rigi, 32, in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz on May 22, 2022.

In 2019, Rigi was arrested for smuggling drugs and subsequently was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. Reportedly, the prison officials did not inform his family about his execution in advance.

 Also, on May 23, 2022, Baloch Activists Campaign reported the execution of an inmate in Minab prison. The inmate, identified as Mosaddeq Malahi, was arrested in 2018 for drug-related crimes. This inmate was also executed without informing his family in advance and was denied the last family visitation.

These executions have not been reported by official sources and media outlets inside Iran so far.

Lastly, according to Rokna News, an inmate who was convicted of killing two park rangers last year was executed in Zanjan prison today.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2021 and December 20 of 2021, at least 299 citizens, including four juvenile offenders, were executed. In addition, 85 citizens were sentenced to death in this period.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 88% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.

Prisoner Executed in Taybad Prison in Razavi Khorasan Province

At dawn on Monday, September 20th, a prisoner who had previously been sentenced to death on drug-related charges was executed in Taybad Prison.

According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the prisoner was a native of Herat in Afghanistan.

He was married, and had been kept in prison for the past three years. HRANA is investigating to find the exact name and more details about the identity of this man.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders.

An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death. According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

As of this writing, the execution of this man has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources.