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One Person’s Story



Age: 38
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 11, 2010
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholamreza, along with two others, was published on the websites of IMNA (Isfahan Metropolis News Agency) on April 11, and Fars news agency on April 12, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Esfahan Courthouse.

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 at Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Esfahan.


The charge against Mr. Gholamreza was announced as "smuggling narcotics."

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 evidence presented against the defendant was announced as “having a previous record of convictions for narcotics and other [offenses], participation in purchasing, transporting, possessing, and hiding 9 kilograms and 900 grams of crack [cocaine] in a truck.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


The court condemned Mr. Gholamreza to death and confiscation of his belongings. The ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The defendant’s request for pardon was rejected by the Provincial Pardon Commission twice and he was hanged in the yard of Esfahan Central Prison on April 11, 2010. Mr. Gholamreza was 38 years old.

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