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3 Men Executed for Drug Charges in Isfahan

21 Jan
3 Men Executed for Drug Charges in Isfahan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 21, 2024: Nouri Zamani, Fathollah Jourkesh and Hosseinali Koutahi were executed for drug-related charges in Isfahan Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, three men were executed in Isfahan Central Prison (Dastgerd) on 20 January. Their identities have been established as 32-year-old Nouri Zamani (pictured right)  from Lahijan, 30-year-old Fathollah Jourkesh (pictured left) from Isfahan and Hosseinali Koutahi.

They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court in different cases.

At the time of writing, none 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.