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One Person’s Story

Morad Yusefpur


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 15, 1982
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Morad Yusefpur, along with nine others, was announced in a communiqué by the public relations of the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. This communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on September 16, 1982.

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. Yusefpur was reported to be charged with “collaborating with Ebrahim Roshdi in the supply and distribution of heroin, transporting 2 kg of heroin twice and skillful concealment of heroin in a car door and transporting it to different places.”He was also charged with “having a record in the Islamic Revolution’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Orumieh in 1981 regarding his close relation to Abbas Gorginpur who, according to the defendant, was one of the major dealers.”

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. Yusefpur's defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal declared Mr. Yusefpur a corruptor on earth and sentenced him to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the sentence was carried out.

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