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One Person’s Story

Hossein Torkzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 13, 2003
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Murder

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Torkzadeh was published in the Iran newspaper on May 14, 2003. Additional information regarding his arrest was taken from the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper of August 18, and the Iran newspaper of August 21, 2002. According to the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper, quoting the Commander of the Security Forces in Kerman, Mr. Torkzadeh had been arrested and condemned to 25 years imprisonment for dealing narcotics in 1993. Several months later, he took a leave and escaped the prison.

Arrest and detention

According to the Iran newspaper, following a complaint filed by the wife of a rice trader in Tehran, police sought Mr. Torkzadeh but could not find him. The judge of Branch 1609 of the Criminal Court ordered his picture published in a paper that resulted in finding Mr. Torkzadeh’s hiding place. He was finally arrested in Rasht during an armed clash on August 6, 2002.


Branch 1609 of the Criminal Court tried Mr. Torkzadeh. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Torkzadeh were announced as “murdering 9 individuals, several kidnappings, and drug trafficking.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence presented against Mr. Torkzadeh was his “possession of a weapon, a grenade, and a cyanide pill when arrested and having a conviction record for drug trafficking.” The report of this execution did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented for his other charges.


No information is available on Mr. Torkzadeh’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. Hossein Torkzadeh to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in public in Kerman on May 13, 2003. 

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