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One Person’s Story

Adel Salmanzadeh


Age: 29
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: March 7, 2015
Location of Killing: Qezelhesar Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Adel Salmanzadeh, along with 11 others, was published on the website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran on March 7, 2015. Only eight names were published in this report. News of this execution, along with seven others, was also published on the website of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) on March 7, 2015. It was not published in the official media.

According to the report, Mr. Salmanzadeh was 29 years old and married. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Salmanzadeh was detained at Hallway 2, Unit Two of Qezelhesar Prison in Karaj for 30 months. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Salmanzadeh’s trial.


According to HRANA, the charge brought against Mr. Salmanzadeh was announced as “narcotics related.”

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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Salmanzadeh.


No information is available on Mr. Salmanzadeh’s defense.


Mr. Adel Salmanzadeh was hanged at the Qezelhesar Prison yard in Karaj on March 7, 2015. 

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