According to the judiciary, Iranian officials carried out the execution of five individuals on Monday for “armed drug smuggling” in the southern region of the country.
Mojtaba Ghahramani, Chief Justice of the southern province of Hormozgan, was quoted on the judiciary’s website Mizan Online as saying that the inmates had been condemned to death by hanging in a verdict that had been affirmed by Iran’s highest court. He described the defendants as “all criminals and armed drug smugglers.”
at addition, he stated that “the sentences of the aforementioned were carried out this morning in Bandar Abbas and Minab prisons” in the province of Hormozgan.
The most recent hangings brought the total number of those put to death by hanging for drug trafficking in less than a week to eight.
Following warnings from the United Nations about the “frighteningly” high number of executions taking place in the country, the judicial system carried out the death penalty for three convicted members of drug cartels on Wednesday.
Human rights organizations like as Amnesty International claim that Iran carries out more public executions each year than any other nation on the planet, with the exception of China.
Iran carried out the execution of two individuals on Monday, following a rare conviction for desecration of the Koran and insulting the Prophet Muhammad. This action prompted censure from the United States of America as well as outrage from human rights organisations.
Iran has a “abominable” track record this year, according to the UN rights chief Volker Turk, who raised the alarm on Tuesday about the country’s record, which includes an average of more than ten individuals being executed each week.
More than 210 people have been put to death in Iran so far this year, the vast majority of them for drug-related offenses; however, according to a statement released by the United Nations, the true number is most likely much higher.
According to a report that was published in April by Iran Human Rights (IHR) of Norway and Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) of Paris, the number of persons executed by hanging in the country increased by 75% in 2022 compared to the previous year.
According to the findings of two different rights groups, the number of persons put to death by hanging in Iran increased to at least 582 in 2018, making it the largest number of executions in the country since 2015 and a significant increase from the 333 that were reported in 2021.