Iran Human Right (IHRNGO); August 3, 2023: Mohammad Javad Akbari, Kianoush Teimouri and Sharif Akbari have been executed for drug-related charges in Khorramabad Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Khorrramabad (Parsilion) Central Prison on 2 August. Their identities have been established as Mohammad Javad Akbari and Kianoush Teimouri from Kouhdasht in Lorestand and Sharif Akbari from Nourabad.
All three men were 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.