Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 28, 2021: Baluch Majid Sargolzayi was executed for drug-related offences in Zahedan Central Prison. At least 106 prisoners, including two women, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021 compared to 25 in 2020.
According to Hal Vash, a Baluch man was executed in Zahedan Central Prison on November 27. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Majid Sargolzayi who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
Majid was arrested in 2017 on charges of “drug possession” and sentenced to death by Branch One of the Zahedan Revolutionary Court in February 2020. On November 26, he was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution from Ward 4 along with death row brothers Abdulghafar Shehbakhsh, Mohammad Shehbakhsh and Sakhi Shehbakhsh. At the time of writing, their executions have not been carried out and they remain in solitary confinement.
At the time of writing, Majid’s 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 106 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.