Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 8, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to death on drug-related charges has been executed in Taybad Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Taybad Prison in the early hours of this morning, April 8. His identity has been established as 39 year-old Safar Rahimi and he was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
An informed source told IHR: “Safar Rahimi’s charges were 109 kilograms of methamphetamine and he had his last visit with his family yesterday.”
At the time of writing, Safar Rahimi’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
It has been almost four years since an Article was added to the Anti-Narcotics Law in 2017 to limit death sentences specifically and provide a general degree of reprieve in some cases. However, while the numbers reduced that year, the death penalty is still being used in drug-related cases.
According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020.