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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


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

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown individual, along with eleven others, was published on the websites of ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) in Khorasan-Jonubi on November 29, and the Qodsnewspaper on November 30, 2010.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charge against the defendant 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 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.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. According to the media reports, these twelve individuals were hanged at the Torbate-Jam prison weeks before the news publication date. According the attorney for two of the defendants, these rulings were carried out against the stipulation of the law. They were carried out abnormally, without informing attorneys and families of the defendants, in an unlawful time frame. Based on Article 7 of the Sentence Execution Law, officials should inform the attorney to be present at the location of the execution at least 48 hours before the ruling is carried out.

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