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Reza Ghobadi Executed for Drug Offences in Shiraz

17 May
Reza Ghobadi Executed for Drug Offences in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 17, 2024: Reza Ghobadi, a man on death row for drug offences, was executed in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Shiraz Central Prison (Adel Abad) on 14 May. His identity has been established as 35-year-old Reza Ghobadi who was arrested for drug offences five years ago and sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

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 since 2021. According to IHRNGO’s 2023 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 471 people were executed for drug-related charges, an 84% increase compared to 2022 (256) and about 18 times the average of drug-related executions in 2018-2020.

On 10 April 2024, 80+ Iranian and international organisations and groups called for joint action to stop drug-related executions, urging UNODC to make “any cooperation with the Islamic Republic contingent on a complete halt on drug-related executions.”