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One Person’s Story

Mohammad D.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 22, 2006
Location of Killing: Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad D. was announced by the website of Ariya (February 22, 2006) citing the Police Center of Information.

His case pertains to the purchase and sale of illegal drugs.

Arrest and Detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Mohammad D.’s arrest and detention.


Mr. Mohammad D. was tried by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Birjand. There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Mohammad D. was charged with “carrying, sale and purchase of illegal drugs.” 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

“Possession of 60 kilograms of opium as well as 1 kilogram and 421 grams of heroin” was entered as evidence of guilt against Mr. Mohammad D. International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Mohammad D.’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Birjand sentenced Mr. Mohammad D. to death. He was hanged in the Salman Operations Center in the Khorasan-e Jonoubi region on February 22, 2006.

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