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Hossein Amiri, Hossein Shamsi, Ali Mokhtari and Yavar Dehzadeh Executed on Drug Charges in Isfahan

15 Oct
Hossein Amiri, Hossein Shamsi, Ali Mokhtari and Yavar Dehzadeh Executed on Drug Charges in Isfahan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 15, 2021: At least four men have been executed on drug-related charges in Isfahan Central Prison. At least 89 prisoners, including a woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least four men were executed on drug-related charges in Isfahan Central Prison on October 12. Their identities have been established as Isfahan-natives Hossein Amiri, Hossein Shamsi, Ali Mokhtari and Hashtroud-native Yavar Dehzadeh.

Nine people are reported to have been executed at the prison that day but Iran Human Rights has not been able to verify the other five executions at the time of writing.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have 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 89 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.