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One Person’s Story

Rasul Imani


Age: 63
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: 2002
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Rasul Imani, son of Esma’il, was published in the Ettela’at newspaper on July 10 and in the Kayhan newspaper on June 10, 2002. He was from Ajabshir in Azarbaijan-e Sharqi province.  

Arrest and Detention

According to reports, Mr. Imani was arrested at the Eslami Island Police Station while transporting narcotics from Orumieh to Tabriz in 2001. There is no specific information on his arrest and detention.


Branch Three of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz tried Mr. Imani. No information is available on his trial.


According to the Kayhan newspaper, quoting the Sentence Enforcement of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, the charge against Mr. Imani was announced as "drug trafficking."        

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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. Imani.


No information is available on Mr. Imani's defense.    


Branch Three of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tabriz condemned Mr. Rasul Imani to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. He was hanged at the Tabriz Prison yard. The exact date of this execution is unknown. According to the report, his properties were also confiscated.                    

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