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One Person’s Story

Mahmud Maleki


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 14, 2015
Location of Killing: Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mahmud Maleki, along with seven others, without naming three of them, was published on the websites of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) and the Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran on April 14, 2015.

Arrest and detention

According to HRANA and the Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, Mr. Maleki was transferred from Hall 11 of Section 4 in the Central Prison in Karaj to solitary confinement of Andarzgah 5 in the Raja’ishahr (Gohardasht) Prison. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


According to HRANA, the charge brought against Mr. Maleki was “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 did not provide any specific information on the evidence presented against Mr. Maleki.


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


Mr. Mansur Maleki was hanged, along with seven others, at the Raja’ishahr (Gohardasht) Prison on April 14, 2015.   

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