Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 19, 2023: Four men were executed for drug and murder charges in Isfahan Central Prison along with the three protesters previously reported.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Isfahan Central Prison on 19 May. Three were sentenced to death for drug-related charges and one for murder.
The identities of the men executed for drug charges have been established as, Yaghoub Hassani, Mazhar Davari and Ali Mehrdel. They were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court. Kazem Ghofrankhah was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.
An informed source previously told Iran Human Rights: “Kazem Ghafrankhah had three children and had been behind bars for three years. The other three men were all arrested between 2-3 years ago.”
Iran Human Rights previously warned of their imminent executions. At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
Official sources reported the execution of protesters Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaghoubi this morning. Therefore, seven people were executed at the prison today.
According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 582 people were executed in Iran. Of those, 256 people were executed for drug-related offences, a more than two-fold increase compared to 2021 (126) and ten times more than 2020 (25).