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At Least 3 Men Including Afghan National Executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison

15 Nov 23
At Least 3 Men Including Afghan National Executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 15, 2023: At least three men including an Afghan national were executed for drug-related charges in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least three men were executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj on 15 November. Two of the men’s identities have been established as Bagher Mohammadi Geravand (photo) and Nazir Mohammad, an Afghan national. The third man’s identity has not been established at the time of writing.

All three men were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court. They were transferred for execution in a group of ten. There is no news about the fate of the other seven men at this time.

At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

In the first 10 months of 2023, IHRNGO recorded more than 600 executions, an unprecedented number in the last eight years. The majority of the executions were for drug-related charges which are also at their highest since 2015. On World Day Against the Death Penalty (10 October 2023), IHRNGO called on UN Member States to withdraw funding of UNODC projects on drug-trafficking in Iran, and to make all collaborations and funding contingent upon an immediate halt to all drug-related executions.