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Davoud Heidari Executed in Karaj

24 Oct 23
Davoud Heidari Executed in Karaj

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 24, 2023: Davoud Heidari, a man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed along with Khosro Naghiani in Karaj Penitentiary.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Karaj Penitentiary on 22 October. His identity has been established as 49-year-old Davoud Heidari who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges.

Informed sources told Iran Human Rights: “Davoud Heidari was from Shamiran and had been sentenced to death for carrying 25 kilograms of morphine.”

Iran Human Rights previously reported the execution of Khosro Naghiani for the same charges at the same prison that day.

Davoud Heidari and Khosro Naghiani were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions from Ward 2 of the prison.

At the time of writing, neither 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 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.