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One Person’s Story

Esma'il Barani Piranvand


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 31, 2007
Location of Killing: Iranshahr, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Esma’il Barani Piranvand was published on the websites of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) and the Young Journalists’ Club on October 31, 2007, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Sistan and Baluchestan Provincial Court. According to the media reports, he was previously condemned to five years imprisonment for carrying forty kilograms of opium.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. This trial took place in the Revolutionary Court of Iranshahr (Sistan and Baluchestan Province).


The charge against Mr. Barani Piranvand was announced as “carrying and possession of 2.45 kilograms 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.


No information is available on the defense.


The court condemned Mr. Esma’il Barani Piranvand to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Judiciary officials. He was hanged in the central prison of Iranshahr on October 31, 2007.

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