Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 10, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, has been executed in Zahedan Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed on the morning of Saturday, January 9, in Zahedan Central Prison. His identity has been established as 37-year-old Majid Rigi, who had been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges.
According to the Baluch Activists Campaign which first published news of his execution, Majid Rigi had spent ten years behind bars on the drug charges.
It should be noted that ten Baluch citizens have been executed in Iran over the past fortnight.
At the time of writing, Majid Rigi’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
There has been a dramatic drop in drug-related executions since a new article was added to the Anti-Drugs Law around three years ago. The amendment, which was passed into law in 2017, specifically restricts the death penalty and provides a degree of reduction in some drug-related cases.
According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report on the death penalty in Iran, at least 30 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2019.