Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 26, 2021: Cousins Amir and Sohrab Heydari have been executed on drug-related charges in Yazd Central Prison. At least 52 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 on drug-related charges on the morning of July 25 in Yazd Central Prison. Their identities have been established as Amir Heydari and Sohrab Heydari.
Informed sources told IHR that Amir and Sohrab were cousins and had been behind bars for the last four years on charges of “carrying 200 kilograms of methamphetamines.”
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.