Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 18, 2023: Siamak Hayatbini, Moslem Havasizadeh and Seyed Mansour Seyedi were executed for drug-related charges in Qezel Hesar Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Qezel Hesar Prison in Karaj on 18 July. Their identities have been established as Siamak Hayatbini (pictured right) Moslem Havasizadeh (pictured left) and Seyed Mansour Seyedi. They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.
At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
Drug-related executions have continuously risen every year for the past three years. At least 206 people were executed for drug-related charges in the first six months of 2023, a 126% rise compared to the same period in 2022 when 91 were executed. 40 people were executed in the same period in 2021.
The number of drug executions dramatically dropped in 2018 following a 2017 Amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Laws. Consequently, drug executions ranged between 24-30 per annum between 2018-2020. The Amendment was reversed in practice in 2021 when executions increased ten-fold to 126 in 2021 and doubled again in 2022 with 256 drug-related executions.