Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Reza Niazi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 13, 2015
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza Niazi, along with 26 others, was sent by an informed source to the Boroumand Foundation on April 16, 2015. According to this source, close to 171 individuals had been executed in relation to narcotics in Iran’s prisons between April 12 and 14, 2015. All of these individuals were involved in dealing narcotics and most had a drug lab (kitchen*) in their homes. News of this execution, along with seven others without naming them, was also published on the websites of the News Central Unit on April 13, and the Alborz Provincial Courthouse on April 14, 2015.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Niazi was imprisoned at Hall 4 in the Central Prison in Karaj. (Boroumand Foundation ) The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


According to the Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Karaj, Mr. Niazi and seven others were “wholesalers and distributors of narcotics across the Alborz province,” and he stated that some of these individuals were also active in producing narcotics. (Alborz Provincial Courthouse)    

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 Revolutionary Public Prosecutor of Karaj did not report any evidence presented against Mr. Niazi; however, he announced that “over 3 kilograms of narcotics including methamphetamine and heroin” had been recovered from these individuals.


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


Mr. Reza Niazi was hanged, along with seven others, at the central Prison in Karaj on April 13, 2015.  


*Kitchen is referred to small, home based labs in which industrial drugs are made. They are mainly used for purifying drugs and making several industrial drugs such as crystal.

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