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One Person’s Story

R. T.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2004
Location of Killing: Tabriz Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of a person named as R. T. was published on the websites of Kayhan newspaper on April 5, 2004, and Ettela’at newspaper on April 4, 2004. This person was from the Qushchi Village near Orumieh and resided in Orumieh (Ettela’at newspaper). According to the existing information, his/her case was related to narcotics.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of R. T.’s arrest and detention are not known.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz tried R. T. No information is available on the trial.


The charge brought against R. T. was announced as “selling one kilogram and 750.93 grams of heroin.”  

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

The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against R. T.


No information is available on R. T.’s defense.


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz condemned R. T. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He or she was hanged in Tabriz Central Prison in 2004. The exact date of execution is unknown. 

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