Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – Mohammad Hassan Kahrari and Morteza Teimouri were executed for drug-related offences in Arak Central Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Arak Central Prison on August 31. Their identities have been established as 27-year-old Mohammad Hassan Kahrari and 28-year-old Morteza Teimouri. Their families were not notified of their scheduled executions and denied the right to a last visit.
Mohammad Hassan was from Kermanshah and had been arrested for drug-related charges around two years ago. Morteza was from Garmi village in Lorestan and was arrested for the same offence in a separate case.
At the time of writing, neither execution has been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to reports compiled by Iran Human Rights, at least 126 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2021, a fivefold increase compared to drug executions in the previous three years. This trend has continued into 2022, with 91 executions recorded in the first six months of 2022, double the number for the same period in 2021 when 40 people were executed.
At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.