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One Person’s Story

A. Azizi


Age: 38
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 1, 2015
Location of Killing: Qazvin, Zanjan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. A. Azizi was published on the websites of the Qazvin Provincial Courthouse, Fars news agency, and Mehrn news on January 1, 2015, quoting the Public Relations Office of this courthouse. Mr. Azizi was married.  

Arrest and Detention

According to the existing report, following investigations by police agents in Bu’inzahra, Mr. Azizi was arrested along with his wife and daughter. They denied smuggling charges during the interrogation. There is no specific information about his arrest and detention.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qazvin tried Mr. Azizi. No information is available on his trial. 


According to the report, the charge against Mr. Azizi was announced as "dealing narcotics."       

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 evidence announced against Mr. Azizi was “confessions by defendants,” recovery of “two kilograms and 967 grams of heroin,” and “reasons and apparent evidence.” There is no description of this evidence.  


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qazvin condemned Mr. A. Azizi to death and the General Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the ruling. He was hanged Qazvin on January 1, 2015 at dawn.          

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