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One Person’s Story


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August, 1996
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Murder

About this Case

This unnamed man is among the 64 individuals listed in the United Nations Interim Report (11 October 1996) on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared by the Special Representative of the Commission, Mr. Maurice Danby Copithorne.

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. 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 (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone) of proscribed narcotics. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown

Arrest and detention

Based on the report, the defendant was arrested in July, a monmth before his execution. The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention remain unknown.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The defendant was charged with murder and drug trafficking.

Evidence of guilt

Reportedly, the defendant was arrested with 419 kilograms of opium. The report did not refer to any evidence presented with regards to the charge of murder.


No information is available on the defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced this man to death. He was hanged at the site of the crime in Shiraz.

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