Abdolhossein Emamizadeh Executed for Drug Charges in Karaj

May 20, 2023, 4:49 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 20, 2023: Abdolhossein Emamizadeh was executed for drug-related charges in Rajai Shahr Prison 17 days ago.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison on 3 May. His identity has been established as Abdolhossein Emamizadeh who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

He was arrested around three years ago and transferred from Qezel Hesar Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison on 1 May for execution, per informed sources.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Iran Human Rights previously reported the executions of Saeed Saleh, Hossein Amirabadi and two unidentified men at the prison that day. The execution of Abdolhossein Emamizadeh now brings the number of executions to five that day.

According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 582 people were executed in Iran. Of those, 256 people were executed for drug-related offences, a more than two-fold increase compared to 2021 (126) and ten times more than 2020 (25).