Three Inmates Executed in Shiraz’s Adelabad Prison

Three inmates convicted of drug offenses were executed in Adelabad Prison, Shiraz, on June 1, according to the Iran Human Rights Organization.

The executed inmates have been identified as Mohammad-Saeed Zohrabi, Hassan Nematollahi, and 30-year-old Mahmoud Ghaedi.

Zohrabi and Nematollahi were reportedly sentenced to death for smuggling 80 kilos of drugs in the same legal case two years ago. Ghaedi was convicted of murder three years ago.

According to the report, on May 30, three other inmates were moved to solitary confinement in this prison awaiting their execution, but for unknown reasons, the executions were postponed. The Iran Human Rights Organization has identified one of these death-row inmates as Aref Rasouli, who was sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was underage.

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.

In 2023, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered the execution of 767 individuals. Out of these, 7 were carried out in public. Among the executed individuals whose genders were identified, 21 were female. Additionally, 2 juvenile offenders, defined as individuals under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged crimes, were also executed. For a comprehensive examination of the details and statistics surrounding the executions in Iran, refer to HRANA’s annual report.