Bahador Salimi Executed for Drug Charges in Qazvin

July 3, 2023, 1:36 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 3, 2023: Bahador Salimi was executed for drug-related charges in Qazvin Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Qazvin Central Prison (Choobindar) on 2 July. His identity has been established as 43-year-old Bahador Salimi from Hashtroud. He was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

An informed source told Iran Human Rights: “Bahador Salimi was a father of two and had been behind bars for three years. He was transferred to solitary confinement along with a murder death row prisoner on Friday afternoon (30 June). The other prisoner was returned to his cell after obtaining an extension in his case and Bahador was executed.”

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 for the past three years. 206 people were executed for drug-related charges in the first six months of 2023, a 126% rise compared to the same period in 2022 when 91 were executed. 40 people were executed in the same period in 2021.