Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Ebrahim Ghanbarzehi and Nabi Notizehi, two Baluch men sentenced to death on drug-related charges were executed in Kerman Central Prison. At least 63 prisoners, including a woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.
According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, two Baluch men were executed on drug charges in Kerman Central Prison today. Their identities have been established as Ebrahim Ghanbarzehi and Nabi Notizehi, both from Zahedan.
Ebrahim Ghanbarzehi and Nabi Notizehi are reported to have been detained on drug-related charges in Kerman five years ago. This is while they were not in possession of any drugs at the time of their arrest.
According to Resanak Telegram channel, the two men were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions on August 7 and were executed at 7am this morning.
At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
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. However, at least 63 people have so far been executed on the same charge in 2021.
On May 3, IHR published a report on the death penalty in the first four months of 2021 expressing concern at the significant increase in the number of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.