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Iran Executes Four Prisoners Amid Surge in Death Penalties

May 13, 2024
1 min read
They had been sentenced to death by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran
They had been sentenced to death by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has executed four more prisoners amid a significant rise in death penalties.

The execution sentences of four individuals - Masoud Estaki, Jafar Hassanzadeh, Majid Rezaei, and Mostafa Aghamohammadi - were carried out in Isfahan Central Prison.

The men had previously been sentenced to death for homicide charges.

According to a report by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, the executions occurred at Isfahan Central Prison on Sunday morning.

The prisoners were all residents of Zainabiyeh city in Isfahan Province.

They were arrested ten years ago in a joint case on charges of intentionally murdering Masoud Estaki's cousin.

They had been sentenced to death by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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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