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One Person’s Story

Reza Qolipur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 22, 1983
Location of Killing: Quchan, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Reza Qolipur was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on August 24, 1983.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Qolipur was reported to be charged with transporting and storing 22.5 kg of opium, supplying narcotics from Sarakhs and distributing it in the provinces of northern Khorasan.

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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Qolipur's defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Quchan declared Reza Qolipur a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in Quchan two nights ago.

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