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One Person’s Story

Ahmad K.


Age: 37
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: November 26, 2007
Location of Killing: Esfahan Prison, Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ahmad K. was published on the websites of IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) on November 26, and Esfahan Central Court House and the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on November 27, 2007.

Mr. Ahmad K., 37 years old, was a resident of Rahnan in Esfahan. He was married and had four children. He was working as a furniture painter.

Arrest and Detention

There is no specific information on Mr. Ahmad K.’s arrest and detention.


Branch six of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Esfahan tried Mr. Ahmad K. There is no further information regarding his trial sessions.  


The charges against the defendant were reported as "purchasing and transporting 88 kilograms of opium."

According to IRNA, the defendant had been condemned to eight years imprisonment and paying a 26 million Tuman fine for possession and transportation of 50 kilograms of opium in 2001. He had been then pardoned after three years.

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 the defendants.


No information is available on the defendant's defense.


The court condemned Mr. Ahmad K. to death and the ruling was confirmed by the Chief Public Prosecutor. He was hanged at the Central prison of Esfahan on November 26, 2007.

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