Ten Inmates Executed in Zahedan Prison, One in Isfahan Prison

On Monday, June 6, 2022, ten inmates convicted of drug-related crimes were executed in Zahedan Prison., On Sunday, June 5, 2022, an inmate convicted of drug-related crimes was also executed in Isfahan Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Baloch Activists Campaign, on Sunday, June 5, 2022, the execution of an inmate identified as Mehdi Sarhadi, age 36, a resident of Zahedan, was carried out in Isfahan Prison.

According to an informed source, “the prison officials told Sarhadi that he would be pardoned if he was able to memorize one of thirty parts of the Quran. However, he was executed. He had been sent to the gallows several times and brought back, as it is done in prisons at times.”

This execution has not been reported by official sources and media outlets inside Iran so far.

Haal Vsh News also reported that on Monday, June 6, ten inmates convicted of drug-related crimes were executed in Zahedan Prison. Earlier, Haal Vsh had reported that they were taken to solitary confinement to be executed.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2021 and December 20 of 2021, at least 299 citizens, including four juvenile offenders, were executed. In addition, 85 citizens were sentenced to death in this period. 

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 88% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.