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One Person’s Story

Hossein Anjirak


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 2, 2014
Location of Killing: Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Anjirak, along with three others, was published on the website of the Hormozgan Provincial Courthouse, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Hormozgan Courthouse, and IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on March 2, 2014, and the Campaign in Defense of Civil and Political Prisoners on March 9, 2014, along with 11 others.  

Arrest and detention

According to the Public Relations Office of the Hormozgan Courthouse, Mr. Anjirak and several others were passing through a secret passage from Qal’eh Ganj to Rudan when ambushed by official agents. After a clash with agents, two of them were killed and the rest were arrested (Hormozgan Courthouse). The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Rudan tried Mr. Anjirak. No information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Anjirak was announced as “armed transportation of 966 kilograms of opium.”      

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 the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). 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. Anjirak.


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


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Rudan condemned Mr. Hossein Anjirak to death. The General Public Prosecutor signed the ruling, and he was hanged, along with three others, in Bandar-e Abbas Prison on March 2, 2014. 

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