Covert Execution of Three Baloch Political Prisoners in Zahedan Prison

13 November 2023 13:29


Hengaw: Monday, November 13, 2023

The death sentences of three Baloch political detainees—Mohammad Brahui Anjumani, Idris Bilrani, and Mohammad Karim Barakzaei—were discreetly carried out in Zahedan Central Prison without the knowledge of their respective families. The Chief Justice of Zahedan has officially acknowledged the execution of these three individuals.

According to reports obtained by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, during the early hours of Monday, November 13, 2023, the death sentences of three political detainees from Zahedan, specifically 28-year-old Mohammad Brahui Anjumani, 30-year-old Idris Bilrani, and 28-year-old Mohammad Karim Barakzaei, were enforced after two years of detention without knowledge of their families and an absence of the right to a final visit within Zahedan Central Prison.

Hengaw underscores that, in the case of these three Baloch political detainees, the basic tenets of a fair trial were not adhered to, even within the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran. While unequivocally denouncing the execution of these three individuals, Hengaw implores the international community and human rights organizations to give due consideration to this egregious infringement of the right to life in Iran.

The arrest of these three Baloch individuals transpired in August 2020 by IRGC intelligence forces. After enduring six months of detention and maltreatment in the security institution's detention center, resulting in a coerced confession, they were subsequently moved to Zahedan Central Prison. It is imperative to note that during their period of detention, they were deprived of both the right to legal representation and familial visitation.

Mohammad Brahoui Anjumani, Idris Bilrani, and Mohammad Karim Barakzaei received a final sentence of death and 15 years in prison from the second branch of the Zahedan Revolutionary Court on February 24, 2022. The charges brought against them include corruption on earth dealings through collaboration with armed groups against the regime.

As per the documented statistics of the Statistics and Documentation Center of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, comprising these three cases, no fewer than 20 political, religious, and security detainees have faced execution within Iranian prisons since the commencement of this year. Moreover, the number of Baloch detainees executed during this period stands at 145.


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