Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 20, 2021: A prisoner who had 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 the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, in Zahedan Central Prison. The idenitity of the prisoner has been established as Anwar Ali-Zehi, who was sentenced to death or drug-related charges.
According to an informed source of the Baluch Activists Campaign, “Anwar was forced to transfer drugs due to being unable to find a suitable job and poor living conditions and did not even have a criminal record prior to his arrest,”
Anwar was arrested two years ago and had been kept behind bars during that time.
At the time of writing, the execution of Anwar Ali-Zehi 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.