Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

A. Q.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 31, 2015
Location of Killing: Sari Prison, Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. A. Q., along with another person, was published on the website of the Mazandaran General Courthouse on May 31, 2015, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Mazandaran General Courthouse. His case was related to drug trafficking.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. A. Q.’s arrest and detention are not known.


Mr. A. Q. was tried in Sari. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. A. Q. was announced as “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. 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. A. Q. was “transportation of one kilogram and 40 grams of heroin.”


No information is available on Mr. A. Q.’s defense.


The court condemned Mr. A. Q. to death and he was hanged, along with another person, in the presence of the General Public Prosecutor of Mazandarn at the Sari Prison yard on May 31, 2015. The Pardon Committee of the Judiciary twice denied his pardon request. 

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