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One Person’s Story

Hassan Madadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: July 7, 2007
Location of Killing: Birjand, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Possession of arms

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hassan Madadi was published on the websites of the Khorasan newspaper and IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on July 9, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of Khorasan Provincial Court.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Birjand.


The charges against Mr. Madadi were announced as, “participation in supply and armed transportation of 1300 kilograms of opium and 950 grams of hashish.”

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged 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 of proscribed narcotics (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone). 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 the defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hassan Madadi to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor of the country. According to the Khorasan newspaper, he was hanged in Birjand on July 7, and according to IRNA, on July 9, 2007.

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