Iran Human Rights (IHR); August 5, 2021: Arsalan Karimi who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges has been executed in Isfahan Central Prison. At least 61 people have now been executed on drug charges in 2021.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison on the morning of August 2. His identity has been established as Arsalan Karimi who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
Informed sources have told IHR that Arsalan was a married father of two and a Kermanshah native.
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020. However, at least 61 people have so far been executed on the same charge in 2021.
On May 3, IHR published a report on the death penalty in the first four months of 2021 expressing concern at the significant increase in the number of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.