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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 7, 2015
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Ardebil, Ardebil Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown man along with two others was announced by the website of Ardebil Province Judiciary on March 7, 2015. 

Arrest and Detention

There is no information available on the details of this unknown individual’s arrest and detention.


This unknown individual was tried by Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Ardebil Province. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


This unknown individual was charged with “storing and carrying 1 kilogram and 900 grams of compressed 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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against this unknown individual.


There is no information available on the details of this unknown individual’s defense.


The court sentenced this unknown individual to death. The Chief Public Prosecutor approved the verdict. The case of this unknown individual was twice referred to the Amnesty Committee for appeal, but was twice rejected. The head of the Judiciary also approved the verdict. This unknown man was hanged, along with two others, in the courtyard of Ardebil Central Prison on the morning of March 7, 2015.

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