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One Person’s Story

Majid Sadeqlu


Age: 30
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 7, 1983
Location: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Majid Sadeqlu, son of Abbas Ali, along with nineteen other individuals, was announced in a communiqué from the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. This communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on December 8, 1983. Additional information has been sent to Omid via two electronic forms by individuals familiar with this case. According to this forms, Mr. Sadelqu was born in 1953 in Tehran or Ramian (Golestan province).

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


There is no information regarding this trial.


According to the official communiqué, Mr. Sadeqlu was charged with “being consistently and actively involved in the purchase and distribution of heroin, establishing an international professional drug-trafficking gang”.

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution referred to “possessing 2.637 kg of heroin when arrested, confessing to dealing heroin twice before, and having a previous record of repeated drug dealing.”

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. In the case of political detainees, these confessions are, at times, televised. The National Television broadcasts confessions during which prisoners plead guilty to vague and false charges, repent and renounce their political beliefs, and/or implicate others. Human rights organizations have also pointed to the pattern of retracted confessions by those prisoners who are freed.


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


One of the tribunals of the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran sentenced Mr. Majid Sadeqlu to death. He was shot by a firing squad on December 7, 1983.

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