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Iran | Death Penalty According to Shariah Law

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Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting

Iran | Man Executed on Drug-related Charges

Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 7, 2021: Shahin Mirkhani, a prisoner on death row for drug-related charges, has been executed in Shirvan Prison (North Khorasan). 

38 people, including one woman, have so far been executed on drug-related charges in 2021.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Shirvan Prison on Sunday, June 6. 

His identity has been established as Shahin Mirkhani, who was around 40 years old and had been sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

An informed source told IHR: “Shahin Mirkhani was sentenced to death for carrying 420 kilograms of (stimulant) methamphetamine and was executed in the yard at the back of Shirvan Prison, where the gallows are located on Sunday.”

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

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.

However, at least 38 people have so far been executed on drug-related charges in 2021, the majority of whom have been Baluch minorities.

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 of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, June 7, 2021


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