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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 7, 2001
Location of Killing: Kashmar, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Asgarkhan, an Afghan citizen, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on March 8, 2001. Additional information was taken from the Ettela’at newspaper on December 19, 2000. According to this report, security forces clashed with several Afghan citizens in Kashmar resulted in the killing of two, and the injuring and escape of three of them, without mentioning their names.

Arrest and detention

According to the report, after Mr. Asgarkhan was injured, he took refuge in the house of a resident in Kashmar until he was identified and arrested by authorities.


No information is available on Mr. Asgarkhan’s trial.


According to the Ettela’at newspaper, quoting the Commander of Security Forces in Kashmar, the charges brought against Mr. Asgarkhan were announced as “having a record for sedition and armed drug trafficking, and activities in the southern elevations of Kashmar.”   

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 the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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. Asgarkhan.


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


Mr. Asgarkhan was hanged in public at the Chelio Village near Kuhsorkh in Kashmar on March 7, 2001. No specific information is available about this execution. 

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