Wednesday , 14 April 2021

Iran: Three Prisoners Executed on Drug Charges in Urmia

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Three prisoners sentenced to death for drug-related charges were executed at Urmia Central Prison today.

According to Iran Human Rights, three men were executed at Urmia Central Prison in the early hours of this morning. The three prisoners who were sentenced to death on drug-related charges had been transferred in preparation for their executions as part of a group of six prisoners yesterday.

IHR reported that six men on death row for drug-related charges had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions yesterday.

The three executed men have been identified as Sadegh Mohi, Mohammad Mahmoudi and Ahad Nematvand. Two other prisoners who were not executed for unknown reasons, were brothers Ebrahim Nasirzadeh and Mostafa Nasirkhah.

 At the time of writing, the three prisoners’ executions have not been reported domestic media or officials in Iran.

It has been almost four years since an Article was added to the Anti-Narcotics Law in 2017 to limit death sentences specifically and provide a general degree of reprieve in some cases. However, while the numbers reduced that year, the death penalty is still being used in drug-related cases.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020.

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