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12 Baluch Prisoners Including a Woman Executed in Zahedan

6 Jun 22
12 Baluch Prisoners Including a Woman Executed in Zahedan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 6, 2022: 12 Baluch minorities including a woman were executed on murder and drug-related charges in Zahedan Central Prison today.

According to Hal Vash, eleven Baluch men and a Baluch woman were executed in Zahedan Central Prison on June 6. Of the 12, six were sentenced to death for drug-related charges and six were sentenced to qisas(retribution-in-kind) for murder.


Identities of drug-related executions:

  1. Ebrahim Ghaljayi, 25 years old and from Zahedan, was arrested in 2019.
  2. Jalil Gorgij from Zahedan, was arrested in 2019 with co-defendant, Ebrahim Gargij.
  3. Dastgir Gorgij from the village of Jarikeh in Zahak was arrested in 2019.
  4. Ebrahim Rakhshani, 32 years old and married living , arrested in 2019.
  5. Mohammad Nabi-Kabdani known as "Ebrahim Gargij" was a Sunni cleric who was married and living in Zahedan.
  6. Nasir Mohammadani, 50 years old and from the village of Giaban in Zahedan, was arrested in 2013.


Identities of qisas executions:

  1. Mehdi Nasiri, 36 years old and from Zabol, was arrested in 2018.
  2. Hamidollah Paliz from Zahedan.
  3. Mohammad Ali Kahrazehi from Khash was arrested with his brother and co-defendant Mohammad Omar Kahrazehi in 2019.
  4. Mohammad Omar Kahrazehi from Khash was arrested with his brother and co-defendant Mohammad Ali Kahrazehi in 2019.
  5. Isa Safari from Zahedan.
  6. Ms Gorgij (name unknown) from Zahak who was sentenced to qisas for the murder of her husband and arrested in 2019.

All twelve prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions on June 4.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have 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.

In 2021, at least 183 people were executed on murder charges. Those charged with the umbrella term of “intentional murder” are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. Once a defendant has been convicted, the victim’s family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness.