Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 12, 2023: Heidar Cheshati and an unidentified man were executed for drug-related charges in Torbat Jam Prison.
According to Hal Vash, two men were executed in Torbat Jam Prison on 11 June. One of the men has been identified as 34-year-old Heidar Cheshati. Both men were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Courts and were reportedly Sunni Muslims.
At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 256 people were executed for drug-related offences in 2022, a more than two-fold increase compared to 2021 (126) and ten times more than 2020 (25).
On 1 June, Iran Human Rights reported at least 307 executions in 2023. May was also reported as the most bloody month in ten years, with at least 142 executions.