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Baluch Aminollah Karimi Ghaljayi Executed in Mashhad

2 May 23
Baluch Aminollah Karimi Ghaljayi Executed in Mashhad

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 2, 2023: Aminollah Karimi Ghaljayi, a Baluch man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, has been executed in Mashhad Central Prison.

According to Hal Vash, a Baluch man was executed in Mashhad Central Prison (Vakil Abad) on 1 May. His identity has been reported as 40-year-old Aminollah Karimi Ghaljayi who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Courts.

An informed source quoted in the report, said: “Aminollah was arrested with his wife in Mashhad on 8 July 2020. The Mashhad Revolutionary Court sentenced him to death and his wife to 10 years imprisonment.”

At the time of writing, his executions has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Ethnic minorities, the Baluch in particular, are grossly overrepresented in execution numbers in Iran. In 2022, at least 174 Baluch minorities including 3 women, were executed in 22 prisons across Iran, making up 30% of overall executions. This is while they represent just 2-6% of Iran’s population.

Baluch minorities also represented almost half of drug-related executions in 2022. 47.3% of the 256 people executed for drug-related charges were Baluch. Aminollah is the tenth Baluch prisoner to be executed in three days.

According to reports gathered by Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO), at least 256 people were executed for drug-related offences in 2022, a more than two-fold increase compared to 2021 (126) and ten times more than 2020 (25).