At least one prisoner on death row for drug-related charges, has been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their execution in Urmia Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, at least one man was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution at Urmia Central Prison. His identity has been established as Kolhar village native, Bayazid Rashidi, who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

The number of prisoners transferred for execution is likely to increase. On Sunday, April 4, Sadegh Mohi, Mohammad Mahmoudi and Ahad Nematvand were executed in Urmia Central Prison on drug-related charges.

It has been almost four years since an Article was added to the Anti-Narcotics Law in 2017 to limit death sentences specifically and provide a general degree of reprieve in some cases. However, while the numbers reduced that year, the death penalty is still being used in drug-related cases.

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.

Source » iranhr