A drug prisoner was executed at Yazd Central Prison after serving five years in prison.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” reported quoting Iran Human Rights, that on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, a prisoner named Yassin Rezaipour was executed in Yazd prison on drug charges.
According to this report, Yasin Rezaeipour had been in prison for about five years and was arrested on charges of transporting drugs of the type of meth and crack.
“Yassin had a co-defendant who was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was transferred to Qazvin Prison two years ago,” the report said.
According to the statistics center of the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, at least 69 prisoners have been executed on drug charges since the beginning of Persian year 1400 (March 21, 2021).
The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by any official source so far. Under the dictatorship of Velayat-e-Faqih, many executions are carried out in secret in prisons and are not announced in any official media.
The executions are carried out on drug charges while, according to government officials, these executions are not only fruitful, but have had a reverse impact on the society. On the other hand, in the new drug offenses law, the 2017 amendment, the issuance of death sentences was specifically restricted and generally a one-degree commutation was anticipated in some cases, however, the execution of prisoners sentenced to death on drug related charges continues.
According to Amnesty International’s annual report, more than two-thirds of the world’s countries (144 countries) have now abolished or stopped the death penalty in law or practice, but the execution machine in Iran is accelerating every day, and with the presidency of Ebrahim Raisi and Eje’ee’s presidency over the judiciary, executions have accelerated.