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3 Men Executed for Drug Charges in Shiraz

23 Oct 23
3 Men Executed for Drug Charges in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 23, 2023: Three men were executed for drug-related charges in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Shiraz Central Prison (Adel Abad) on 23 October. Their identities have been established as 40-year-old Asghar Jafari, 38-year-old Majid Mousayi and 42-year-old Ali Kheirbin.

Asghar Jafari was arrested three years ago and Majid and Ali were arrested in the same case two years ago. They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

Iran Human Rights previously reported news of their transfer for execution yesterday.

At the time of writing, their executions have 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.