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3 Men and a Woman Executed for Drug Offences in Zahedan

8 May
3 Men and a Woman Executed for Drug Offences in Zahedan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 8, 2022: Three men and a woman who were all Baluch minorities sentenced to death on drug-related charges, were executed in Zahedan Central Prison yesterday.

According to Hal Vash, three men and a woman were executed in Zahedan Central Prison on the morning of May 7. The three men who were all sentenced to death on drug-related charges have been established as Ghafour Hassanzehi, Hadi Sargazi and Mansour Shagezi. The identity of the executed woman has not been established but she is reported to have been a co-defendant in the same case as one of the executed men.

They were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions last Thursday.

Ghafour Hassanzehi was about 40 years old and was married with several children. He was arrested by the police on charges of carrying drugs around four years ago. His family have maintained his innocence and that he did not know anything about the drugs found in the car.

34-year-old Hadi Sargazi was married with two children and was arrested on drug-related charges around three years ago.

Mansour Shagezi was also married and was arrested for drug-related charges around eight years ago and sentenced to death.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to reports compiled by Iran Human Rights, at least 126 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2021, a fivefold increase compared to drug executions in the previous three years. None of the 2021 drug-related executions were reported by official sources.