IRAN: UNIDENTIFIED PRISONER EXECUTED IN MASHHAD CENTRAL PRISON FOR DRINKING ALCOHOL
July 12, 2020:
A prisoner was executed in Mashhad Central Prison on 9 July 2020 for drinking alcohol.Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Iran Human Rights said: "with this execution, the Islamic Republic's judicial system has once again proven that its views are no different from those of ISIS." According to IHR, the prisoner sentenced to death for "drinking alcohol for the sixth time" was executed in Mashhad Central Prison (Vakilabad), at dawn on 9 July. (Source: IHR, 09/07/2020)
Hossein Habibi Shahri, the prisoner's lawyer, told IHR: "My client was arrested in 2016 or 17. He was convicted of drinking alcohol for the sixth time. Of course, there was also the issue of driving without a license and being in possession of alcohol." At the time of publishing this article, the execution has not been announced by local media or official sources. According to Article 179 of the Islamic Penal Code: " If a person consumes intoxicants several times and receives the hadd punishment after each time, on the third occasion s/he shall be sentenced to the death penalty." (in sharia Islam, such crimes are considered to be against God, and their punishment specified by the Quran.
This is one of the few recorded executions for drinking alcohol.
Due to the lack of transparency in the Islamic Republic's judiciary, most executions in Iran are not declared officially by the authorities.