Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 13, 2021: The sentence of a prisoner named Mohammad Ghorbani Karimi who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges, has been carried out in Isfahan Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Isfahan Central Prison on April 12. His identity has been established as 39 year-old Mohammad Ghorbani Karimi, who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
According to informed sources, Mohammad Ghorbani Karimi, who had a freelance job prior to his arrest, was arrested in early 2015 and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.
Two other prisoners who are also on death for drug-related charges, are currently in solitary confinement awaiting their executions.
At the time of writing, Mohammad Ghorban Karimi’s execution has not been announced 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.