Heidar Ghaljayi Executed for Drug Charges in Kerman Central Prison

Nov. 28, 2021, 6:11 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 28, 2021: Baluch Heidar Ghaljayi was executed for drug-related offences in Kerman Central Prison. At least 108 prisoners, including two women, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021 compared to 25 in 2020.

According to Resanak, a Baluch man was executed in Kerman Central Prison on November 25. His identity has been established as Heidar Ghaljayi who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

Heidar was arrested at a checkpoint in Kerman three years ago and had been detained at Kerman Central Prison since. He was deprived of the right to visit his family for the last time.

At the time of writing, Heidar’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Iran Human Rights previously reported the executions of Abdolsattar Shehbakhsh and Khan Mohammad Rahmatzehi at the same prison on the same day.

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