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One Person’s Story

Vahid Sh.


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 16, 2009
Location of Killing: Esfahan Prison, Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

The news of Mr. Vahid Sh.’s execution, along with two other persons, was published by Keyhan newspaper (November 18, 2009) and Nesfe Jahan newspaper (November 19, 2009).

According to available information, the 35-year-old Mr. Vahid Sh.’s case was related to drug offences.

Arrest and detention

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


The Revolutionary Court of Isfahan tried Mr. Vahid Sh. No information is available on her trial.


Mr. Vahid Sh. was charged with “drug possession”. He was accused of buying and possessing 143.7 gr of crack cocaine. There is no detailed information about his charges.

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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Vahid Sh.


No information is available on Mr. Vahid Sh.’s defense.


Isfahan Revolutionary Court sentenced Mr. Vahid Sh. to execution. According to available information, ‌ Mr. Vahid Sh. had twice requested pardon and mitigation of her punishment from execution to life in prison, but his requests were rejected by the Amnesty and Forgiveness Commission of Isfahan province (Nesfe Jahan newspaper, November 19, 2009). His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court.

On Monday morning, November 16, 2009, Mr. Vahid Sh. was hanged in Isfahan Central Prison. 

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