Execution of Three Prisoners for Drug Offenses in Isfahan

Dastgerd Prison in Isfahan has executed three death-row prisoners convicted of drug offenses in separate legal cases, according to the Iran Human Rights Organization.

The executed inmates are identified as Shirali (Shir-Ali) Saeedi (36), Saman Mogooye (31), and Reza Keshavarzi. Reza Keshavarzi faced execution on December 15, while Shirali Saeedi and Saman Mogooye were executed on December 23.

At the time of writing, no official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have covered these executions. The absence of official information raises concerns about transparency and accountability in the execution process.

These executions bring attention to the controversial issue of capital punishment for drug-related offenses in Iran. 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. Many of the defendants were denied access to a fair trial and due process. For details and statistics, read HRANA’s report.