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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November, 2007
Location of Killing: Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ali (without a last name), along with another person, was published on the website of the News Base for the Islamic Republic Security Forces on November 13, 2007.        

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Ali’s arrest and detention but he was arrested and imprisoned in relation to a plan called: “To Advance the Social Order


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


The charge against Mr. Ali was announced as "transporting 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 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. Ali.


No information is available on Mr. Ali's defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Ali to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in the Central Prison of Yazd in November of 2007. The exact date of this execution is unknown.     


*Since mid-May 2007, a series of police operations began in cooperation with the Judiciary, the Revolutionary Guards, the Ministry of intelligence, and the Basij Resistance Force all over the country, especially in Tehran. First phases of this plan, was introduced as a plan “To Advance the Social Order

” or “General Chastity Plan”, focused on women’s hijab. During the next phases, arresting drug addicts and those who were characterized by the Islamic Republic’s authorities as “Villains and Hooligans” and inspecting workshops, dress shops, barber shops, photo shops, etc. were also added to the police agenda. 

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