Authorities at Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, transferred prisoners Iman Shabanian and Hossein Fathollahzadeh, convicted on charges drug-related offences, to solitary confinement for execution on 15 January.

Shabanian, from Golestan Province and a resident of Tehran, and Fathollahzadeh, a resident of Tehran, were arrested about four years ago on drug-related charges and sentenced to death.

Their co-defendant, Bahman Fathollahzadeh, was executed in Ghezel Hesar Prison on 8 November 2023.