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One Person’s Story

Ali Baqeri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 24, 2006
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali Baqeri, son of Mohammad, along with two other individuals, was announced by the website of Fars News Agency (December 24, 2006), Kayhan daily (December 25, 2006), and the website of Iscanews  (January 10, 2007), all citing the Public Relations section of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Sistan and Baluchistan.

Mr. Baqeri’s case is related to storing and carrying of illegal drugs.

Arrest and Detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Baqeri’s arrest and detention.


Mr. Baqeri was tried by Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Zahedan. There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Baqeri was charged with “storing, carrying and trafficking of illegal drugs” (Fars News Agency and Kayhan daily).

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

“Possessing 16 kilograms and 300 grams of heroin” was entered against Mr. Baqeri as evidence of guilt (Fars News Agency).


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Baqeri’s defense.


Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Zahedan sentenced Mr. Ali Baqeri to death. The verdict was approved by the Supreme Court. Mr. Baqeri was hanged  publicly,along with two other individuals, at the Karegar Square of Zahedan on Sunday, December 24, 2006.

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