Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 28, 2019: A man was hanged at Kerman Central Prison for drug-related charges on April 27.
According to IHR sources, a prisoner who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges was hanged at Kerman prison on the morning of Saturday, April 27, 2019. The prisoner, Kamal Shahbakhs, was from Hajiabad village, near the Iranian southeastern city of Zahedan. He was at the prison for six years before his execution.
Baluchi activist Habibollah Sarbazi told IHR, “his funeral will be held on Saturday at his native village.”
The new amendment to Iranian Anti-drug law which was enforced on November 14, 2017, includes a mechanism to limit the use of the death penalty and reduce the sentences of those sentenced to death or life imprisonment. The law was retroactive and could potentially save many prisoners’ lives after their case-review process.
The amendment specifies that the death penalty should be limited to those who have been carrying or have used weapons while trafficking, sponsoring or organizing narco gangs and inducting children under the age of 18 or people with intellectual disabilities into such gangs. Those with a prior prison term of more than 15 years would also be excluded from the commutations under the amendment.
IHR’s Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran shows that the number of drug-related execution has been reduced from 230 in 2017 to 24 people in 2018. Half of those 24 people were executed at Kerman prison in 2018.