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One Person’s Story

Seyed Alam Ozbak


Age: 26
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 7, 2015
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Seyed Alam Ozbak, along with three others, was published on the websites of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency), and the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran on March 16, 2015. Three of these executed individuals were from Afghanistan and have a last name of Ozbak; however, it is not clear whether they are related.

According to HRANA, Mr. Ozbak, 26, was an Afghan citizen. During his detention period, he had memorized the Quran following encouragement by the prison authorities who promised him a sentence reduction. However, they did not keep their promise and he was executed.   

Arrest and detention

According to the Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, Mr. Ozbak was detained in the Zahedan Central Prison. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


According to HRANA, the charge brought against Mr. Ozbak was announced as “crimes related to 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 report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Ozbak.


No information is available on Mr. Ozbak’s defense.


Mr. Seyed Alam Ozbak was hanged, along with three others, at Zahedan Prison on March 7, 2015. 

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