Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Arsalan Asadi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Shi'a)
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: May 8, 2010
Location of Killing: Karaj, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Arsalan Asadi, son of Amanollah, along with five others, was published on the websites of the Kayhan and Iran newspapers on May 9, 2010, quoting the Public Relations Office of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. Additional information was taken from two electronic forms sent to the Omid memorial by a person close to him. According to the existing information, Mr. Asadi was born in Eslam Abad-e Gharb in 1973. He was a high school graduate, married with two children.

Arrest and detention

According to the information sent to Omid, Mr. Asadi was arrested in Tehran and detained at the detention center of the Intelligence Ministry in Tehran. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


According to the information sent to Omid, Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court tried Mr. Asadi in a show trial. No information is available on his trial.


According to the newspaper reports, the charges brought against Mr. Asadi were announced as “transportation of 156 kilograms of morphine and 110 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

According to the information sent to Omid, no evidence was presented against Mr. Asadi.


According to the information sent to Omid, Mr. Asadi was not allowed to defend himself.


A court condemned Mr. Arsalan Asadi to death and he was hanged at the Qezelhesar Prison in Karaj on May 8, 2010 (newspaper reports). No specific information is available about this execution.

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