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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 1, 2007
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug related offense
Age at time of alleged offense: Under 18

About this Case

News of the execution of one unknown Afghan and one other, who were under 18 years old at the time of the alleged crime, was published on the website of BBC Persian on October 8, 2007 and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission on October 20, 2007.      

International laws have strictly prohibited capital punishment against those who were under the age of 18 at the time of committing the crime. As a party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Iran has the obligation to avoid capital punishment for an offence committed before the age of eighteen.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendants’ trial.    


The charge against these defendants was announced as "smuggling narcotics."       

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 the defendants.


No information is available on the defendants’ defense.    


No specific information is available about the defendants’ execution.  According to the BBC, these two individuals were executed in 2007. According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, the families of these children must pay 330 thousand Rials if they want the bodies of their sons returned to Afghanistan.     

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