Four Inmates Executed at Urmia Prison for Drug Offenses

On May 9, 2024, four inmates were executed at Urmia Prison, as reported by HRANA.

The executed individuals were identified as Hassan Choopani from Piranshahr, Taher Abdolali, Hassan Arabi, a father of two, and Abdollah Hassanzadeh.

These inmates had been convicted on charges of drug offenses. Two days prior to their execution, they were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their sentences being carried out.

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.