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One Person’s Story

Milad Z.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 25, 2015
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Milad Z., along with another individual, was published on the website of the Central Provincial Courthouse on January 25, 2015. 

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information about Mr. Milad Z.’s arrest and detention.


Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak tried Mr. Milad Z. No information is available on his trial. 


According to the report, the charges against Mr. Milad Z. were announced as "transportation and possession of 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 Mr. Milad Z. was “possession of 2 kilograms and 950 grams of heroin and having a criminal record.”   


No information is available on Mr. Milad Z.'s defense.    


Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak condemned Mr. Milad Z. to death and the General Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Head of the Judiciary confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Arak Central Prison yard on January 25, 2015 at dawn.          

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