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One Person’s Story

Haj Esmail Nasiri


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 15, 1980
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Haj Esmail Nasiri, resident of Sijan, was reported by the correspondent of Jomhuri Eslami daily in Arak (August 17, 1980).

Arrest and detention

No information about the circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention is available, except that he escaped his house when the officials initially came looking for him.


No information about the trial is provided by the report.


The defendant was charged with a drug related offence

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’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentenced to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report mentioned that the anti-narcotics agents found “a large amount of opium” in the defendant’s house.


No information on the accused’s defense is available.


The Anti-Narcotic Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal, located at Qasr Prison, sentenced Mr. Nasiri to death. The sentence was carried out at Sanjan Cemetery at dawn.

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