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Vahid Hajipour Executed in Isfahan

14 Dec 23
Vahid Hajipour Executed in Isfahan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); December 14, 2023: Vahid Hajipour was executed for drug-related charges in Isfahan Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison (Dastgerd) on 13 December. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Vahid Hajipour from Golpaygan.

Vahid was arrested for carrying 4 kilograms of morphine two years ago and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

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.