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Iran: Prisoner Alimorad Zabiei Executed on Drug-related Charges

16 May
Iran: Prisoner Alimorad Zabiei Executed on Drug-related Charges

Iran Human Rights (IHR); May 16, 2021: A man named Alimorad Zabiei who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges, has been executed in Qazvin Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Qazvin Central Prison in the early hours of May 15. His identity has been established as Alimorad Zabeiei.

An informed told IHR: “Alimorad Zabiei was arrested and sentenced to death on charges of carrying 130 kilograms of methamphetamine. He was arrested around four years ago and was a blacksmith prior to his arrest.”

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. In 2021, at least 26 people have so far been executed on drug-related charges. On May 3, IHR published a report on the death penalty in the first four months of 2021 expressing concern at the significant increase in the number of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.