Prisoners Hadi Nazari, Hojjat Miri, Akbar Taj, Amir Hossein Maleki and Ahmad Latifi were executed in Karaj Central Prison in Alborz Province on 14 January for drug trafficking.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that the five prisoners, along with six others, were transferred to solitary confinement for execution in recent days.

The identities and fates of the other six prisoners remain unknown.

The five executed individuals, from Kermanshah and Harsin in Kermanshah Province, and Nurabad in Lorestan Province, were arrested in recent years on drug-related charges and subsequently sentenced to death.

Nazari and Miri, both from Nurabad, were arrested in 2019, while Latifi from Kermanshah was arrested in 2017.

Yahya Rahimi, the representative of Delfan County in parliament, previously revealed in a video released in December that “around one to two thousand people” in Lorestan Province, particularly in Delfan, had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking.

After a few days, Iranian state media published a news report with additional statements by the MP about the remarkable statistics of those sentenced to death.

The state media quoted the MP as saying: “I have investigated the accuracy of the statistics presented by the families of those sentenced to death in Delfan County, both through the parliamentary deputy of the judiciary and the chief justice of Lorestan Province. It became clear that the statistics provided by the families were grossly exaggerated and untrue. The number of convicted people is only a handful, even less than the fingers of one hand, and this is the case in the major cities of Iran.”

* The identities of individuals in the provided image, from left to right, are as follows: Hadi Nazari, Hojjat Miri, Ahmad Latifi