Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); August 22, 2023: Amir Rahimi, a man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed in Kerman Central Prison. This bring the number of drug executions at the prison that day to three people.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Kerman Central Prison on 21 August. His identity has been reported as Amir Rahimi who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.
Yesterday, the executions of 40-year-old Saeed Rigi, a Baluch man from Zahedan and Abdolghafour Toumaj, a Turkmen man from Gorgan, were also reported at Kerman Central Prison. This brings the number of people executed for drug-related charges to three that day.
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.