Inmate Executed in Gonbad-e Kavus Prison

On November 15, 2023, Mehdi Bakhshandeh, an inmate convicted of assisting in the killing of Border Guard Captain Nabiallah Khatiri three years ago, was executed in Gonbad-e Kavus Prison.

As of the time of writing, no official statements from government sources or coverage by domestic media outlets within the country have been made regarding this execution.

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.