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One Person’s Story

Ali Asghar (Amir) Khodadust


Age: 36
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 18, 2014
Location of Killing: Qezelhesar Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Amir (Ali Asghar) Khodadust, along with seven others, was published on the websites of the Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran and HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) on February 18, 2014. According to this report, the official media in Iran did not report these executions.

Arrest and detention

According to the websites of the Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, Mr. Khodadust was detained at the Hall 1, Unit 2 of the Qezelhesar Prison for 3 years. He was transferred to solitary confinement one day before his execution. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Khodadust was announced as “drug trafficking.” (HRANA)  

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. Khodadust.


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


Mr. Amir (Ali Asghar) Khodadust was hanged, along with seven other individuals, at the Qezelhesar Prison yard in Karaj on February 18, 2014.

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