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Peyman Soleimani, Aziz Yarhashemi and Shahram Kakavand Executed for Drug Offences in Karaj

6 Sep 22
Peyman Soleimani, Aziz Yarhashemi and Shahram Kakavand Executed for Drug Offences in Karaj

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); September 6, 2022: Peyman Soleimani, Aziz Yarhashemi and Shahram Kakavand were executed for drug-related offences in Karaj Penitentiary.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Karaj Penitentiary on September 6. Their identities have been established as 48-year-old Peyman Soleimani, Aziz Yarhashemi (pictured) and 35-year-old Shahram Kakavand who were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

Peyman Soleimani was a father of three and Shahram Kakavand had two children.

The three prisoners were transferred from Wards 3 and 4 to solitary confinement on September 4 in preparation for their executions. They said goodbye to their families the day prior to execution.

There are currently 80 men on death row for drug-related charges in Hall 4 of Karaj Penitentiary. This is a partial list of 36:

  1. Esfandiar Shirian
  2. Mohammadreza Heydari
  3. Akbar Salimian Rizi
  4. Reza Zaeri-Farhad
  5. Ahmad Bechaghchi
  6. Zeylan Alizadeh
  7. Mostafa Hajipour
  8. Hassan Ganji
  9. Mohsen Sadeghi
  10. Ali Nara Teimouri
  11. Mehdi Doustdari
  12. Amir Sharafi
  13. Mohammadreza Latifi
  14. Baeed Deldar
  15. Samad Hashemi
  16. Hamid Ghalavar
  17. Akbar Khalili
  18. Abouzar Mohammadi
  19. Ebrahim Ajali
  20. Davoud Yousefi
  21. Maziar Soltanzadeh
  22. Mehdi Kamranifar
  23. Farzad Nazari
  24. Omid Shokri
  25. Reza Shokri
  26. Majid Khakvatan
  27. Mohsen Babaei
  28. Sabina Esmailnejad
  29. Manouchehr Biranvand
  30. Aziz Beck-Hassani
  31. Milad Yari
  32. Vahid Badakhsh
  33. Mostafa Nasiri
  34. Massoud Sasani
  35. Jafar Chidlou
  36. Abolfazl Forghaninejad

At the time of writing, neither execution has 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.