Iran: Execution of a Prisoner on Drug-Related Charges

Iran executions

A prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison on drug-related charges last Wednesday.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday, August 8, one prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison. The prisoner, sentenced to death on drug-related charges, was identified as Eyvaz Bidast, son of Mohammad Taqi.

The prisoner was transferred to the solitary confinement from ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison. He was arrested on drug-related charges 12 years ago. There is no information regarding the exact amount and type of the drug the defendant was charged with and it is not clear why his case was not subject to the new drug law.

This is the third drug-related execution that has been reported by Iran Human Rights (IHR) since November 14, 2017, when the new drug law was enforced. The new drug law 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.

Another prisoner named Rasoul Mohtashami, who was sentenced to death on murder charges, was transferred to the solitary confinement along with Eyvaz Bidast. He returned to his cell by asking the plaintiffs for time.

The execution of Eyvaz Bidast has not been announced by the state-run media so far.