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One Person’s Story

Musa Nekuzadeh


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 22, 2015
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Musa Nekuzadeh, 22, born in Bandar-e Abbas, along with seven others, was published on the websites of Central News Unit on February 22, Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse on February 25, 2015 without naming him. However, the HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) website published his name among the list of executed individuals on February 22, 2015.          

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Nekuzadeh’s arrest and detention.


No information is available on Mr. Nekuzadeh’s trial. 


According to the website of Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse, quoting the Head of Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse, the charge against Mr. Nekuzadeh was "drug trafficking."        

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 Mr. Nekuzadeh.


No information is available on Mr. Nekuzadeh's defense.    


Mr. Musa Nekuzadeh was hanged in Bandar-e Abbas on February 22, 2015. No further information is available regarding this execution.          

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