Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Javad Akbarpur


Age: 40
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 2002
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Adelabad), Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Javad Akbarpur, along with two others, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper (June 1, 2002) and in the Kayhan newspaper (June 2, 2002).

Mr. Akbarpur was 40 years old.         

Arrest and Detention

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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz tried Mr. Akbarpur. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Kayhan newspaper, quoting an official, the charges against Mr. Akbarpur was announced as "dealing 10 kilograms of heroin, and over 250 kilograms of other 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 presented against Mr. Akbarpur was his past records of drug smuggling.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz condemned Mr. Javad Akbarpur to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at Adelabad Prison in Shiraz. The exact date of this execution is unknown.          

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