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One Person’s Story

Ruhollah B

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: July 18, 2010
Location: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ruhollah B., along with two others, was published on the website of Kerman Courthouse on July 18, 2010.

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. This trial took place at the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Kerman.

Charges

The charges against Mr. Ruhollah B. were announced as "transportation 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 evidence presented against the defendant was announced as "possession of 440 grams of heroin."

Defence

No information is available on the defendant's defence.

Judgment

The court condemned Mr. Ruhollah B. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The Provincial Pardon Commission rejected the defendant’s requests for pardon and he was hanged in the Kerman prison on July 18, 2010.

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