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One Person’s Story

Abdolsamad (Abdollah) Kajkush


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 12, 2007
Location of Killing: Iranshahr, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense; Possession of arms

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Abdolsamad (Abdollah) Kajkush was published on the websites of IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on August 8 and the News Base of the Islamic Republic Security Forces on August 12, 2007.  

Arrest and Detention

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


This trial took place in Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iranshahr. No further information is available about Mr. Kajkush’s trial.  


The charges against Mr. Abdolsamad (Abdollah) Kajkush were announced as "possession of 23 kilograms and 300 grams of morphine, 35 kilograms of opium, and a Colt handgun with bullets," according to IRNA, and “possession of 22 kilograms and 300 grams of heroin, 35 kilograms of opium, and carrying a Colt handgun,” according to the News Base of the Islamic Republic Security Forces.   

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this 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 report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Kajkush.


No information is available on Mr. Kajkush's defense.  


The court condemned Mr. Abdolsamad (Abdollah) Kajkush to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in the Iranshahr prison yard on August 8 or 12, 2007.  

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