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One Person’s Story

Majid Dusti


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 6, 2012
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The news of Mr. Majid Dusti’s execution along with eight others was announced by the website of the Criminal Court of Tehran and the website of the Criminal and Revolutionary Court of Tehran (May 6, 2012), Mehr News Agency (May 7, 2012), Kayhan daily (May 8, 2012), and Fars News (May 11, 2012). Mr. Majid Dusti’s case as well as those of six others pertains to drug trafficking.

Arrest and Detention

According to Mehr News Agency, Mr. Dusti was arrested consequent to the arrest of a number of drug dealers. However, there is no information available on the details of his arrest and detention.


Mr. Dusti was tried by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. However, there is no information available on the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Dusti and six others were charged with drug trafficking. According to the report by the website of the Criminal and Revolutionary Court of Tehran, the cargo of methamphetamine which the traffickers had shaped in the form of pieces of stone and was on its way to Southeast Asian countries was confiscated by the authorities in the customs office of Shaheed Raja’ee in Bandar Abbas.

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

“Discovery of 500 kilograms of methamphetamine” was entered as evidence against Mr. Dusti and six others.


After the trial, Mr. Dusti asked for pardon, but his appeal was rejected. He had a defense lawyer, but there is no information available on the details of his defense.


The Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Mr. Dusti to death. He was hanged in a Tehran prison along with eight others on May 6, 2012. His belongings were confiscated by the decree of the court.

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