Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Reza S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: August 9, 2005
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

About this case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza S. along with two other people was published on the web editions of the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on August 11, 2005, and in the Javan newspaper on August 10, 2005. This news has also been reflected in an interview of the Head of Hamadan Province Court House with IRNA.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. The date of arrest is not mentioned in the newspapers’ reports.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Reza S. were announced as “purchasing and possessing 11 kilograms and 100 grams of heroin.”

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


No information is available on Mr. Reza S.’s defense.


No information is available on the details of this judgment. According to the newspapers and a quotation by the Head of Hamadan Province Court House, Mr. Reza S. was hanged, as a "death trader," at dawn on Tuesday August 9, 2005.

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