Three Men Executed for Drug Charges in Shiraz

March 13, 2023, 3:37 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); March 13, 2023: Three men sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Shiraz Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Shiraz Central Prison on March 12. Their identities have been established as Tohid Ramezani and 40-year-old Nabi Langrani who were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Tohid Ramezani was arrested around three years ago and sentenced to death. Nabi Langrani was a father and arrested around two years ago.”

On March 10, a Baluch man was also executed at the prison. His identity has been established as Ahmad Bajizehi, 38, who was arrested for drug-related charges around four years ago.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

On January 27, Iran Human Rights warned of the high number of drug executions currently being carried out in Iran. Of the 66 executions carried out in January, at least 43 (65%) people were executed for drug-related charges, none of which were officially announced.

Drug executions dramatically dropped between 2018-2020 following the Amendment to the Anti-Drug Laws in 2017. However, this reversed in practice in 2021 when numbers increased by five-fold and have continued to rise throughout 2022 and 2023.