Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 26, 2021: Baluch citizen, Habibullah Sheikh-Hossein has been executed on drug-related charges in Sabzevar Prison.
According to Resanak, a man was executed in Sabzevar Prison on the morning of April 26. His identity was established as Zahak native, Habibullah Sheikh-Hosseini, who had been sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
He was arrested in Nayin city around two years ago and said goodbye to his family in a visit prior to his execution.
Habibullah was executed on the 13th day of Ramadan, a month when executions are rarely carried out.
At the time of writing, his 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.