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One Person’s Story



Age: 42
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2010
Location of Killing: Sarakhs, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown person was published on the website of the Khorasannewspaper on March 7, 2010, quoting the Public Prosecutor of Sarakhs.

Arrest and Detention

According to the Public Prosecutor of Sarakhs, the defendant had been condemned to life imprisonment for smuggling narcotics and was detained in the Torbate-Jam prison. He was transferred to the Open Ward and went on a leave. He was arrested again for transporting heroin while on leave. The date of his second arrest is unknown.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant was announced as “transportation of 4 kilograms and 800 grams 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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant’s defence.


The court condemned the defendant to death and his request for pardon was rejected by the Pardon Commission. He was hanged at Sarakhs. The date of execution is unknown. This defendant was 42 years old.

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