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One Person’s Story

Reza Ja'farizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 5, 2007
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Vakilabad Prison), Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Reza Ja’farizadeh along with sixteen others was published on the websites of the Aftab-e-Yazd and Iran newspaper on September 6, ISNA (Iranian Students News Agency) on September 7, 2007, and the website of Iranian human rights activists in Europe and North America in September 2007, quoting the Head of the Public Relations Office of the Khorasan Razavi Prisons’ Office. In its announcement on September 5, 2007, Amnesty International was appalled at the reports of these executions in the Islamic Republic and demanded they be stopped.

Arrest and Detention

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


No information is available on Mr. Ja’farizadeh’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Ja’farizadeh were announced as “narcotics related”.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants 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 these executions does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Ja’farizadeh.


No information is available on Mr. Ja’farizadeh’s defense.


The court announced Mr. Reza Ja’farizadeh to be a “corruptor on the earth” and sentenced her to death. (Aftab-e-Yazd) he was hanged in the Mashhad central prison onSeptember 5, 2007at dawn.

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