Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); August 16, 2022: Vahid Rahmani and Mostafa Rasoulzadeh, two men sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Shiraz Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Shiraz Central Prison on August 14. Their identities have been established as 29-year-old Vahid Rahmani and 37-year-old Mostafa Rasoulzadeh who were sentenced to death for drug-related offences by the Revolutionary Court.
Speaking to Iran Human Rights, an informed source said: “Vahid Rahmani repaired cars for a living and was arrested three years ago. Mostafa Rasoulzadeh was a father and arrested on charges of carrying 90 kilograms of methamphetamine and heroine.”
At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to reports compiled by Iran Human Rights, at least 126 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2021, a fivefold increase compared to drug executions in the previous three years. This trend has continued into 2022, with 91 executions recorded in the first six months of 2022, double the number for the same period in 2021 when 40 people were executed.
At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.