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One Person’s Story

Qasem Asgharzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 19, 2011
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Qasem Asgharzadeh, along with nine others, was published on the websites of the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran and ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on January 19, and the Kayhan newspaper on January 20, 2011, quoting the Information Base of the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran.        

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on the defendant’s arrest and detention.


This trial took place in the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran. No further information is available about the defendant’s trial.  


The charges against Mr. Asgharzadeh were announced as "offering to sell 14 kilograms and 350 grams of opium and 950 grams of hashish."       

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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against the defendant.


No information is available on the defendant's defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Qasem Asgharzadeh to death and the ruling was confirmed by the General Public Prosecutor’s Office. The defendant’s pardon request was denied by the Pardon Commission of the Judiciary and he was hanged in Raja’ishahr prison in Karaj on January 19, 2011.


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