On January 12, the Chief Justice of Lorestan Province announced that two citizens who were accused of setting fire to a gas station were executed.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Tasnim, the Chief Justice claimed that “On February 11, 2019, they set a fire on a gas station where two police agents were killed. Thereafter, they were detected, convicted and executed”.
The report did not reveal the identity of executed inmates, the exact date of the execution and the prison where the execution took place. Nonetheless, earlier on December 16, 2019, the same Chief Justice had announced the arrest of two expelled members of military forces in regards to the gas station fire incident.
The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2020 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.