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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Reza S.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 13, 2015
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Reza S., along with four others, was published on the website of Central Provincial Courthouse on January 14, 2015.  

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Mohammad Reza S.’s arrest and detention.


Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak tried Mr. Mohammad Reza S. No information is available on his trial.  


The charges against Mr. Mohammad Reza S. were announced as "transportation and possession of 10 kilograms of heroin and having a criminal record."        

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 Mr. Mohammad Reza S.


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Reza S.'s defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Reza S. to death and the General Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in the Arak Central Prison on January 13, 2015.          

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