Asghar Samiei and Tahmaseb Kavousi Executed in Zanjan

May 7, 2023, 1 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 7, 2023: Asghar Samiei and Tahmaseb Kavousi, two men sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Zanjan Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, two men were executed Zanjan Central Prison on 6 May. Their identities have been established as Asghar Samiei and Tahmaseb Kavousi.

They were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court. Informed sources told Iran Human Rights that they had both been on death row for around three years.

There is no news about the fate of two other prisoners who were transferred for execution along with the men.

At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to reports gathered by Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO), at least 256 people were executed for drug-related offences in 2022, a more than two-fold increase compared to 2021 (126) and ten times more than 2020 (25).