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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Karimi


Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 12, 1997
Location of Killing: Zabol, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mohammad Karimi, an Afghan citizen, and another person was published in theKayhannewspaper on April 12, and on the website of the Hamshahrinewspaper on April 13, 1997.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial. The trial of this defendant took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Zabol (Sisten and Baluchestan province).


The charge against Mr. Mohammad Karimi was announced as "importing narcotics from Afghanistan."

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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Mohammad Karimi's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Mohammad Karimi to death and after the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court, he was executed in public in Zabol on April 12, 1997.

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