On Monday, December 6, an inmate previously convicted of drug-related crimes was executed in Zanjan Central Prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Iran Human Rights Organization, 23-year-old Mohammad-Reza Markoohi was executed in Zanjan Central Prison.
“Three years and seven months ago, along with his cousin, Mohammad-Reza Markoohi was arrested for carrying drugs on a highway connecting Zanjan to Qazvin. Both were sentenced to death by Zanjan’s Revolutionary Court. Two years ago, his cousin died from a disease in jail”, according to an informed source cited in this report.
The most recent report of the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between October 8 of 2020 and October 9 of 2021, at least 266 citizens, three of whom were juvenile offenders, were executed and 90 citizens were sentenced to death.
As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 82% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.
The execution has not been reported by official sources in Iran as of this writing.