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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2010
Location of Killing: Ardebil, Ardebil Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person was published on the websites of Ardebil Courthouse on April 27, and Fars news agency on April 28, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Ardebil Provincial Courthouse.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention. According to the report, the defendant had been arrested by officials.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against the defendant were announced as “smuggling 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 “possession of one kilogram and 23 grams of heroin.”


No information is available on the defendant's defence.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. The court condemned the defendant to death and he was hanged at the Central Prison yard in Ardebil. The exact date of this execution is unknown.

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