Iran Human Rights (IHR); August 10, 2021: Mohammad Hassani-Kiazehi, a Baluch man sentenced to death on drug-related charges, was executed in Isfahan Central Prison. At least 66 prisoners, including a woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a Baluch man was executed on drug-related charges in Isfahan Central Prison on the morning of August 8. His identity has been established as Mohammad Hassani-Kiazehi. More than one prisoner are believed to have been executed that day.
According to informed sources he was arrested around six years ago and sentenced to death on charges of “carrying 150 kilograms of drugs.”
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 66 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.