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One Person’s Story

Sabur Feiz Mohammd


Age: 21
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 7, 2007
Location of Killing: Qom, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Sabur Feiz Mohammad was published on the websites of Fars News Agency, Qom News, and the Police News Website on November 6, IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) and ISCA news on November 7, and the Iran newspaper on November 8, 2007. 

Mr. Feiz Mohammad was a 21-years old Afghan citizen.   

Arrest and Detention

According to the Deputy Chief of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Qom, on April 23, 2005, police were informed by a phone call made by a worker in a residential complex that a man who seemed suspicious was walking around aimlessly and receiving some addicts. Police arrested him in “Mahtab” rest area in the 20thKm of Qom-Tehran freeway.” (Irna)


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Qom tried Mr. Feiz Mohammad. No further information is available about his trial.


The charges against Mr. Sabur Feiz Mohammad were announced as "transporting and importing 291 grams of heroin from Afghanistan to Iran by body packing."       

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 evidence presented against Mr. Feiz Mohammad was his “confession” regarding smuggling narcotics from Afghanistan and “recovery of several heroin packages during a body search.” According to the Deputy Chief of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Qom, “the defendant was transferred to a hospital due to his grave health condition, after being arrested. Doctors noticed that he had swallowed heroin packages and one of them that was torn apart in his body had caused poisoning symptoms.” 


No information is available on  Mr. Feiz Mohammad's defense.    


The court condemned Mr. Sabur Feiz Mohammad to death on June 22, 2007 and the ruling was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. According to the Deputy Chief of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Qom, “his request for pardon was rejected in order to give other smugglers of narcotics a lesson.” (Qom News, November 6, 2007)

Mr. Sabur Feiz Mohammad was hanged in public at the Keshavarz Square in Qom on November 7, 2007.

After Mr. Feiz Mohammad’s execution, in an interview with IRNA, the public relations officer of the General and Revolutionary Courts of Qom said: "in accordance with Article 8 of the Amended Anti-narcotic Law, anyone who imports over 30 grams of heroin into the country will be sentenced to death and confiscation of property, with the exception of normal standard living costs for the family. "(IRNA November 7, 2007)      

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