Two murder convicts including an 81-year-old man were hanged in Chaharmahal Bakhtiari Province at dawn on Monday, January 27. The state-run ROKNA news agency reported the executions but it did not specify in which prison the executions took place.
ROKNA cited Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province as sayig, “One of the prisoners with Kh. Gh. initials, 81, resident of Boroujen, had been sentenced to death in 2017.”
The other prisoners, with initials of A. Gh., 31, resident of Khan-Mirza, had been sentenced to death in 2013, the public prosecutor Abdulreza Ali-Mohammadi said.
Iran’s deliberate use of capital punishment has been a constant source of international outrage and condemnation. According to several independent international bodies, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International, Iran is the leading state in executions per capita, second only to China in terms of figures. Iran also tops the charts in the number of executions of minors and juvenile offenders.
At least 273 people including nine juvenile offenders and 17 women were executed in 2019.
36 were executed for drug related charges. The actual numbers are higher because most executions in Iran are carried out secretly, away from the public eye where only the masterminds and perpetrators are witness to them.