Three Prisoners Executed At Karaj Central Prison
Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – The executions of three prisoners for drug-related offenses were carried out at Karaj Central Prison.
According to Human Rights in Iran report, at dawn on Tuesday, September 6 (2022), Shahram Kakavand, born in 1989, from Lorestan Province, Azizyar Hashemi of Harsin County in Kermanshah Province, and Peyman Soleimani, three prisoners on death row for drug-related offenses were executed at the Central Prison in Karaj, the capital of Alborz Province.
In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, an informed source said: “These three prisoners, named Azizyar Hashemi, Shahram Kakavand and Peyman Soleimani, were arrested a few years ago on charges of drug trafficking and were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Alborz Province and their conviction was approved by the Supreme Court.”
“On the morning of September 4 (2022), all 3 of these people were transferred from the general ward of Karaj Central Penitentiary to solitary confinement for the execution of death sentence.”, this well-informed source added.
After the appointment of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhe’ei as the head of the judiciary and his claim to speed up the enforcement of old cases and as a result the implementation of death sentences with the aim of reducing the country’s criminal crimes, this process lead to the protest of Amnesty International by publishing a report on 27th June, 2022, explaining the situation of the implementation of death sentences in the first 6 months of 2022 in Iran.
Also, on August 23, 2022, Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, in his periodic report on cases of human rights violations in Iran, protested the increasing process of issuing and executing death sentences in Iran.
Due to the non-transparency of the Iranian authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country, and the number is certainly much higher than the announced figure.
Issuing and executing death sentences violates international human rights documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.