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Nader Karami Executed in Gorgan

17 Oct 23
Nader Karami Executed in Gorgan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 17, 2023: Nader Karami, a man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed in Gorgan Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Gorgan Central Prison on 17 October. His identity has been established as 32-year-old Nader Karami who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Nader Karami was arrested with another man around three years ago. His co-defendant was sentenced to a prison term and Nader was sentenced to death as the first defendant.”

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Drug-related executions have continuously risen every year for the past three years. At least 305 people were executed for drug-related charges between 1 January-10 October 2023, a 69% increase compared to the same period in 2022, and the number of drug-related executions in 2023 were close to 20 times higher than 2020.

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. On 13 September 2023, IHRNGO reported a 94% rise in the number of drug-related executions in the year following the start of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement in September 2022.

Read IHRNGO's report on drug-related executions for the occasion of World Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2023: