Baluch Nader Gargij Executed for Drug Offences in Zabol

May 29, 2022, 12:39 p.m.

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 29, 2022: Nader Gargij, a Baluch man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed in Zabol Prison.

According to Hal Vash, a Baluch man was executed in Zabol Prison on May 28. His identity has been reported as Nader Gargij from Jarikeh village in Sistan and Baluchistan province and he was sentenced death for drug offences.

Nader was arrested for drug-related offences in 2019 and sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

At the time of writing, his execution has not 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. Data gathered by Iran Human Rights also shows that Baluch prisoners accounted for 21% of all executions in 2021, while only representing 2–6% of Iran’s population.