Iran Human Rights (Jul 26 2018): Yesterday, at least two prisoners were transferred to the solitary confinement in order to be executed on drug-related charges. Some sources stated that the number of the prisoners was four.
According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday, at least two prisoners, sentenced to death on drug-related charges, were transferred to the solitary confinement of Urmia Central Prison.
Iran Human Rights had reported the transfer of Jahangir Nojavan from ward 15 to the solitary confinement, however, new information shows that another prisoner who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges was also transferred to the solitary confinement from the "psychotherapy ward" of the prison. The prisoner has not been identified yet.
A close source told IHR, “Two more prisoners with drug-related charges were also transferred to the solitary confinement from Salmas and Naghdeh prisons in order to be executed with the other two. The number of the death-row prisoners may be even more.”
The new drug law, which includes a mechanism that leads to a decrease in the number of death sentences and reduces the sentence of the death-row prisoners and those sentenced to life imprisonment, was enforced on November 14, 2018, and drug-related executions were almost stopped ever since. Only one drug-related execution has been reported by IHR since the enforcement of the new law; however, there is a concern that after the review of the previous cases, drug-related executions may start again.