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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 8, 2010
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown individual, along with four others, was published on the websites of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on April 10, and the Khorasan newspaper on April 11, 2010, quoting the News and Information Unit of the Khorasan-Razavi Courthouse.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place at the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad.


The charge against the defendant was announced as "smuggling narcotics."

The validity of the criminal charges brought against the defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Thousands of alleged drug traffickers have been sentenced to death following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. Scores of them were executed based on a 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of Guilt

The evidence presented against the defendant was announced as “smuggling tens of kilograms of opium and heroin.”


No information is available on the defendant’s defence.


The court condemned the defendant to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court and the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. He was hanged in the Central Prison in Mashhad on April 8, 2010.

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