Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 15, 2021: A Baluch prisoner who had apparently been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, has been executed at Zahedan Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Zahedan Central Prison on the morning of Thursday, January 14. The prisoner whose identity has been established as Jama Zahrozehi, was apparently executed on “drug-related” charges.
According to the Baluch Activists Campaign which first reported news of the execution, Jama was from Zabol and the Dehmardeh tribe. In addition to the drug charges, he appears to have had other convictions in his case, details of which are not yet known.
At the time of writing, the execution of the Baluch prisoner 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.