Two Inmates Executed in Qom Prison

On August 6, 2022, prison officials executed one inmate convicted of drug-related crimes and murder in Qom Central Prison. Last week, on August 1, another inmate convicted of murder was also executed in Qom Central Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Iran Human Rights Organization, on August 6, 2022, an inmate identified as Ali Qarehlu was executed in Qom Central Prison.

Qarehlu was sentenced to death for murder and drug smuggling charges. On August 1, an inmate identified as Mojtaba Ramin who was convicted of murder was also executed in this prison.

Moreover, two other inmates of this prison Mehdi Shahpasand and Hossein Ziari are transferred to solitary confinement awaiting imminent execution. Both had been sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

 In a recent video which became viral on social media, prisoners of Qom prison asked the public for help to stop the new wave of executions in this prison.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists  (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.