Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 7, 2021: A prisoner named Faizollah Ahmadzadeh who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges has been executed in Qom Central Prison. At least 43 prisoners, including one woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Qom Central Prison in the early hours of this morning. His identity has been established as Faizollah Ahmadzadeh who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
Speaking to IHR, an informed source said: “Faizollah Ahmadzadeh was married and had a child. He was arrested around four years ago on charges of carrying about 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and sentenced to death.”
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
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. However, at least 43 people have so far been executed on the same charge in 2021.
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.