Saturday , 22 September 2018

Iran: Execution of a Prisoner on Drug-Related Charges

Iran Human Rights – One prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison on the charge of “trafficking, possessing, and selling drugs and carrying out the armed action.”

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, September 15, one prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison on the charge of “trafficking, possessing, and selling drugs and carrying out armed action”.

The prisoner, who was transferred to the solitary confinement on Wednesday, September 12, was identified as Aref Rigi, 31.

Habibollah Sarbazi, the Baluch civil activist, told IHR, “Aref Rigi denied armed action all the stages of the proceedings.”

According to a report by the Baluch Activists Campaign, Aref Rigi had been in prison for six years.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

This is the fourth drug-related execution that has been reported by the statistical department of IHR since the enforcement of the new drug law on November 14, 2017. The new drug law includes a mechanism that leads to a decrease in the number of death sentences and reduces the sentence of the death-row prisoners and those sentenced to life imprisonment.