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One Person’s Story

D. F.


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 28, 2015
Location of Killing: Rasht Prison (Lakan), Rasht, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. D. F., son of Sha’ban’ali, along with two others, was published on the websites of Gilan General Courthouse on March 1, 2015, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Gilan General Courthouse, and Jamejam Online on March 2, 2015.

Mr. D. F. was from Gilan. He had been arrested previously for drug trafficking and imprisoned. The court first condemned him to death but when he repented and requested pardon, his request was accepted and his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Arrest and detention

According to the Jamejam Online, Mr. D. F. took a leave from prison after awhile.  When he tried to smuggle narcotics into the prison after his leave, he was arrested again. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Criminal Court of Gilan tried Mr. D. F. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Public Relations Office of the Gilan General Courthouse, the charges against Mr. D. F. were announced as “transportation and possession of 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

The evidence provided against Mr. D. F. was “having a criminal record for nine convictions and hiding narcotics in his sandals to smuggle it into the prison.” (Jamejam Online)


No information is available on Mr. D. F.’s defense.


The Criminal Court of Gilan condemned Mr. D. F. to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged in the presence of authorities at the Rasht Prison yard on Saturday February 28, 2015. His body was transferred to the morgue.

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