Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 29, 2023: Moradkhan Geravand was executed for drug-related charges in Khorramabad Central Prison. IHRNGO previously reported the execution of Morad Biranvand at the prison that day.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison on 29 November. His identity has been established as 39-year-old Moradkhan Geravand who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.
An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Moradkhan Geravand was from Touh Khoshkeh village in Kouhdasht. He was arrested and sentenced to death for drug charges five years ago but the drugs weren’t his, they were discovered on someone else.”
IHRNGO previously reported the execution of Morad Biranvand at the prison, bringing the number of executions at Khorramabad Central Prison to two today..
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.