On Sunday, May 15, 2022, the execution of a juvenile offender convicted of murder was carried out in Yazd Central Prison. Additionally, last Tuesday, in Birjand, an inmate who was convicted of drug-related crimes was executed.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, and Iran Human Rights Organization, on Sunday, May 15, 2022, Mehrab Salehi, age 20, was executed for murder in Yazd Central Prison. He was a minor at the time of committing the crime.
According to one of his relatives, Salehi was arrested for murder in January of 2020 when he was only 16 years old.
Salehi’s execution was delayed twice after receiving a moratorium from the victim’s family. The victim’s family had asked for one and a half billion tomans to spare his life, which he and his family could not afford.
In addition, the Baloch Activists Campaign reported the execution of an inmate identified as Qobad Narooie, a resident of Zabol, in Birjand Prison. Three years ago, he was arrested for drug-related crimes.
These executions have not been reported by official sources and media outlets inside Iran so far.
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.