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Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights (JULY 2 2017): On Sunday July 2, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Prison on drug related charges. Close sources have identified the prisoner as Abbas Savaghi, 38 years of age, arrested in 2015 on drug related charges. 

"Abbas was married and worked as a taxi driver. They had found some crystal meth in his car," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "Executions in Zanjan Prison are normally carried out on Tuesdays, but they carried out Abbas's execution on Sunday."

Iran Human Rights had published a report warning about the imminent execution of Abbas Savaghi and 16 others. 

Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges. 

According to experts, those who are executed in Iran on drug related charges are not the main drug dealers, but individuals who sell drugs as a result of extreme poverty. 

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced Mr. Savaghi's execution.