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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 24, 2015
Location of Killing: Minab, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown Kurd, along with five others, was published on the websites of the Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse on November 30, 2015, and the Baloch Activists Campaign on November 25, 2015.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of the defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Minab tried this individual. No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge brought against the defendant was “drug trafficking.” No detailed information is available on his charge.

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 the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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

According to the Public Relations Office of the Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse, the defendant and five others participated in transporation of a total of 200 kilograms of heroin from the eastern border into Iran.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Minab condemned the defendant and four others to death based on Article 8, Section 6, and Article 30 of the Reformed Anti-Narcotics Law* (websites of the Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse). The First Deputy of the Judiciary confirmed the ruling. The defendant was hanged, along with four others, at the Minab Prison on Noveber 24, 2015 at dawn. This prisoner was able to visit his family a day before his execution. No specific information is available about this execution.


*”Article 8: Whoever imports heroin, morphine, cocaine, and other chemicals related to morphine and cocaine, or attempts to make, produce, distribute, export, transport, and deal, or sell, possess, hide, or transport [narcotics], will be punished based on the amount of drug as following:

Section 6: Over 30 grams [will be condemned to] death and confiscation of properties except cost of living for the convict’s family.

Article 30: The vehicle that carries narcotics will be confiscated by the state and by approval of the Anti-Narcotics Headquraters, will be given to the organization that recovered it. If transportation of narcotics took place without the knowledge of the owner, the vehicle will be returned to the owner.

Note: All individuals who had participated in making or embedding places for transporting narcotics in any way, will be condemned as abetting if a crime takes place or, otherwise, to 3 to 6 months imprisonment and from 10 to 50 millions Rials fine.” 

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