Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 12, 2021: Brothers Amir and Akbar Jalilifar who were on death row for drug charges have been executed in Isfahan Central Prison. At least 45 prisoners, including one woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Isfahan Central Prison on the morning of July 11. Their identities have been established as brothers, Amir and Akbar Jalilifar who were sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
Speaking to IHR, an informed source said: “Amir and Akbar were arrested on charges of carrying 180 kilograms of drugs four years ago and sentenced to death.”
According to the source, Akar was married with a child.
At the time of writing, their executions have 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 45 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.