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Iran Executes Eight Prisoners in Two Days

May 15, 2024
1 min read
At least eight prisoners were executed in Iranian prisons over the past two days, according to human rights groups, sparking fresh concerns about the country's use of the death penalty
At least eight prisoners were executed in Iranian prisons over the past two days, according to human rights groups, sparking fresh concerns about the country's use of the death penalty

At least eight prisoners were executed in Iranian prisons over the past two days, according to human rights groups.

HRANA, a human rights website, reported the execution of Farokh Khan Mohammadi and Reza Gholam Hosseini in Ilam Central Prison. 

Mohammadi's case dates back 14 years, while Hosseini was sentenced to death last year, both on murder charges.

The Iran Human Rights Organization reported the execution of five prisoners in Isfahan's Dastgerd Prison on Sunday. 

Four - Jafar Hosseinzadeh, Masoud Astaki, Mostafa Aghamohammadi, and Majid Rezaei - were allegedly involved in a joint murder case and sentenced to death in 2019. 

A fifth prisoner, Amin Jafari, was also executed at Dastgerd Prison on unspecified murder charges.

Particular alarm surrounds the execution of Khosrow Basharat, a prisoner of conscience incarcerated for over 15 years.

According to a report by Amnesty International, Iran has reached its highest level of death sentence executions in the last eight years, with the judiciary of the Islamic Republic executing 853 people in 2023 alone. 

The report indicates that 481 executions, more than half of the total, were related to drug crimes. This marks an 89 percent rise in death penalties for drug-related offenses compared to 2022, when 255 people were executed. 

The latest numbers also show a staggering 264 percent increase compared to 2021, when 132 individuals faced execution on similar charges.

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