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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza A.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 19, 2004
Location of Killing: Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholam Reza A., alias Hossein Nasaki, along with two other people, was reported in Jomhuri-ye Islami Newspaper citing the Public Relations Office of the Ministry of Justice of the Province of Kerman (September 21, 2004). His case has to do with drug smuggling and threatening public security in the area of Golbaf and Kerman.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Gholam Reza A. was arrested in 2002. According to the report, he was arrested after two altercations and evading police in the area of Golbaf and Kerman. He spent three years in jail. However, the details of his arrest and detention are not known.


The Revolutionary Court of Kerman tried Mr. Gholam Reza A. No information is available on his trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Gholam Reza A. were “smuggling drugs, arms, alcoholic beverages, and threatening public security in the area of Golbaf and Kerman”.

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 providedagainst the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Gholam Reza A.’s defense.


The Revolutionary Court of Kerman sentenced Mr. Gholam Reza A. to death by hanging.  This sentence was approved by the Supreme Court.  He was executed, along with two other people, on August 19, 2004.  The public hanging took place at the Haft Bagh Square in Kerman.

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