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One Person’s Story

Shamsoddin Darvakh Gorgij

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: November 24, 2007
Location of Killing: Zahedan Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Shamsoddin Darvakh Gorgij, along with another person, was published on the website of IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on November 24, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Sistan and Baluchestan Judiciary.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.

Trial

No information is available on the defendant’s trial.

Charges

The charges against the defendant were announced as “carrying and possession 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 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.

Defense

No information is available on his defense.

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Shamsoddin Darvakh Gorgij to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Judicial officials. He was hanged in the Zahedan prison yard on November 24, 2007.

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