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Hamed Heidari and Mr Ketabi Executed in Rasht

26 Oct 23
Hamed Heidari and Mr Ketabi Executed in Rasht

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 26, 2023: Hamed Heidari and a man only identified as Mr Ketabi were executed for murder and drug-related charges in Rasht Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Rasht Central Prison (Lakan) on 19 October. His identity has been established as 24-year-old Hamed Hediari who was sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Informed sources told Iran Human Rights that Hamed was arrested around four years ago.

Another man was also executed at the prison on 17 October. According to HRANA news agency which first reported news of his execution, his name was Mr Ketabi (first name unknown). He was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

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.