Mohammad Paydar and Peyman Akbari-Birgani Executed in Khorramabad

May 16, 2023, 1:23 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 16, 2023: Mohammad Paydar and Peyman Akbari-Birgani have been executed for drug-related charges in Khorramabad Central Prison. An unidentified man’s execution was postponed.

According to Hengaw, two men were executed in Kerman Central Prison on 15 May. Their identities have been reported as Mohammad Paydar and Peyman Akbari-Birgani (pictured), both Shoushtar natives.

They were sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court. Per the report, the execution of another unidentified man on death row for the same charges, was postponed

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

According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, 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).