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One Person’s Story

Hossein Rostami


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 7, 2015
Location of Killing: Qezel Hesar Prison, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Hossein Rostami, along with several others reported in various sources between 4 and 11, was published on the websites of HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) and the Iran Human Rights Organization on September 7, 2015.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Rostami’s arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Rostami was announced as “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 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. Rostami.


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


Mr. Hossein Rostami was hanged at the Qezelhesar Prison on September 7, 2015 at dawn. No specific information is available about this execution.   

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