Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); March 13, 2023: Four men sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Khorramabad Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Khorramabad Central Prison (Parsilion) on March 11. Three of the men’s identities have been established as Zafar Hadipour, Nader Ebrahimpour and Younes Koulemrazi who were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.
Human Rights in Iran website which first reported the executions quoted an informed source as saying: “Nader Ebrahimpour was arrested for being in possession of 10 kg of heroin in Khorramabad over three years ago.”
The fourth man’s identity has not been established at the time of writing.
At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
On January 27, Iran Human Rights warned of the high number of drug executions currently being carried out in Iran. Of the 66 executions carried out in January, at least 43 (65%) people were executed for drug-related charges, none of which were officially announced.
Drug executions dramatically dropped between 2018-2020 following the Amendment to the Anti-Drug Laws in 2017. However, this reversed in practice in 2021 when numbers increased by five-fold and have continued to rise throughout 2022 and 2023.