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Iran Executes Two Prisoners Amid Surging Death Penalties

May 16, 2024
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The judiciary of the Islamic Republic has executed two more prisoners amid a considerable rise in death penalties
The judiciary of the Islamic Republic has executed two more prisoners amid a considerable rise in death penalties

The judiciary of the Islamic Republic has executed two more prisoners amid a considerable rise in death penalties.

Reza Gholamhosseini and Farrokh Khan-Mohammadi were executed at Ilam Prison on May 14, according to a report by Kurdpa, a Kurdish news agency.

Gholamhosseini was arrested in 2023 for murder, while Khan-Mohammadi's case dates back 14 years on drug-related charges. 

No official Iranian sources or domestic media outlets have acknowledged these executions. 

The Islamic Republic has intensified the use of capital punishment in recent weeks. 

According to a report by Amnesty International, Iran has reached its highest level of death sentence execution 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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