Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Mika’il Hadi


Age: 60
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: 2008
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mika'il Hadi, 60, was obtained through an ABC interview with one of his fellow inmates on February 22, 2018.

Mr. Hadi was a Sunni Kurd. He was married and used to live in Sanandaj. He had four or five children, and was from one of the prominent families of Sanandaj. He had finished primary school. According to the interviewee, Mr. Hadi was a good man, and he owned considerable property and a great number of shops in Sanandaj. According to the available information, Mr. Hadi’s case pertains to illegal drugs. He had a criminal record. 

Arrest and detention

The agents of the police force of Sanandaj arrested Mr. Hadi and four others, including his son, in the heights of the Salavatabad Village of Sanandaj in the fall of 2005 and moved them to the central station of the Judiciary Police of Sanandaj. Mr. Hadi, after spending some time in the Judiciary Police station, was moved to Ward 5 of Sanandaj Prison. He would see his family behind the glass every week, and once a month in person. According to the interviewee, during his time in prison Mr. Hadi maintained high spirits; he was composed, had no fear of anything, and would eat good food and fruit. Mr. Hadi’s defense lawyer would meet regularly with him and his family. 


Mr. Hadi and his fellow defendants were tried by a branch of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj. As Mr. Hadi was quite well-off, he was able to avail himself of the service of a very able defense lawyer. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial. 


The court charged Mr. Hadi with “carrying and trafficking illegal drugs.” He was accused of carrying 250 kilograms of opium and hashish.

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 discovery of more than 200 kilograms of opium and hashish hidden in his truck during his arrest was among the pieces of evidence that were entered against Mr. Hadi. 


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Hadi’s defense. According to the interviewee, in the course of a trial session, Mr. Hadi defended his son by stating that it was indeed he who had hidden the illegal drugs in the truck, and that his son was innocent.


The court in Sanandaj sentenced Mr. Mika'il Hadi to death. The verdict was validated by the Supreme Court. Mr. Hadi was hanged in Sanandaj Prison in the fall of 2008. After his execution, Mr. Hadi’s fellow inmates held a funeral for him in Sanandaj Prison. His body was later handed to his family. The court also sentenced two other defendants of the case to twenty years, another one to ten years, and Mr. Hadi’s son to six months imprisonment.

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