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Esmail Chieh and Unidentified Man Executed in Karaj

31 Jan
Esmail Chieh and Unidentified Man Executed in Karaj

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 31, 2024: Esmail Chieh and a man only identified as Payam were executed for drug-related and murder in Karaj Penitentiary.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Karaj Penitentiary (Central Prison) on 30 January. The identity of the man sentenced to death for drug-related charges has been established as Esmail Chieh. The second man who has only been identified as Payam (surname unknown), was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder

At the time of writing, their executions have 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.