Two Inmates Executed in Maragheh Central Prison

On the morning of January 30, two inmates accused of and convicted for “forced sodomy” were executed in Maragheh Central Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the executed inmates were Mehrdad (Akbar) Karimpour, age 32, and Farid Mohammadi.

Six years ago, they were arrested, accused of forcible sodomy, and subsequently sentenced to death. They have since been imprisoned.

In Iran’s law, forcible sodomy is ascribed to homosexual rape and/or non-consensual same-sex intercourse.

These executions have not yet been announced by judicial officials or reported by media inside Iran.

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.