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One Person’s Story

Gholam Nabi Kordrigi


Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: May 8, 2007
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the conviction and execution of Mr. Gholam Nabi Kordrigi, along with five others, was published on the websites of Fars news agency on May 7, ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) and Kerna on May 8, 2007, quoting the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Kerman.      

According to the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Kerman, Mr. Kordrigi was a leader of a smuggling gang in the northern heights of Kerman who transported narcotics from Afghanistan and distributed within the province. 

Arrest and Detention

In September 2006, anti narcotics security forces in Nasr Base were informed about the activities of this gang and a while after, identified and arrested them.   


No information is available about Mr. Kordrigi’s trial.    


The charge against Mr. Gholam Nabi Kordrigi was announced as "smuggling narcotics."       

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

According to the media reports, the evidence provided against these defendants was their confession and recovery of 130 kilograms of narcotics, several weapons, ammunition, and several cameras at their base on the northern elevation of Kerman.  

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 about Mr. Kordrigi’s defense.  


The court condemned Mr. Gholam Nabi Kordrigi to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court. He was hanged in public in Chatrud, Kerman, on May 8, 2007.   

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