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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza Afzali


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 21, 1985
Location of Killing: Qasr Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Addiction; Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza Afzali, along with ten others, was reported in the Kayhan daily on April 21, 1985.

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

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to this report, Mr. Afzali was charged with “being actively and consistently involved in supplying and distributing heroin, storing nine packages of heroin weighing 34 gm, being severely addicted to heroin and being convicted of supplying and distributing heroin 30 times.”

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. Afzali’s defense.


The Anti-Narcotics Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Afzali to death. The sentence was carried out in Qasr prison at dawn.

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