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Kurdish citizen sentenced to death by Iran

  2021-04-10  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Bayazid Rashidi, a Kurdish citizen who was sentenced to death by Iran. Photo/Hengaw Human Rights Organization
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – A Kurdish citizen was sentenced to death over drug-related charges in Urmia Central Prison, a human rights watch reported on Saturday (April 10).

The man, who was identified by Hengaw Human Rights Organization as Bayazid Rashidi, was executed after having been transferred to solitary confinement, the watchdog said.

Rashidi was a resident of Urmia’s Kalhur village and became the fifth victim to be sentenced to death by Iran in April.

Earlier in the month, at least three ethnic Kurdish inmates were executed in the Urmia Central Prison in West Azerbaijan province in the Iranian Kurdistan.

59 ethnic Kurds were executed in Iran throughout 2020, including four of whom were convicted of political offenses, according to Hengaw.

Fifty-one others were sentenced to death for “premeditated murder.”

Iran executed at least 280 prisoners during 2020, according to a joint report by the Paris-based Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) and Iran Human Rights (IHR) published on March 31. 

Iran ranked second after China in executing most people, according to Amnesty International.

(Zhyan News Network)