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One Person’s Story

Alborz Chireh Hafshajani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 11, 2012
Location: Central Prison, Shahr-e Kord, Chaharmahal Va-Bakhtiari Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The news of Mr. Alborz Chireh Hafshajani’s execution along with two others was announced by the websites of Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Central News Unit, the Young Reporters’ Club of Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Province (April 11, 2012), the Young Reporters’ Club (April 10, 2012), and ISNA, Iranian Students’ News Agency (April 14, 2012), all quoting the Deputy Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Shahr-e Kord County. His case and that of another individual pertain to assisting the storing of narcotics.

Arrest and Detention

Mr. Hafshajani was arrested on January 30, 2011. According to the Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Central News Unit, he was imprisoned for two years. However, there is no information available on the details of his arrest and detention.


Mr. Hafshajani was tried by the Revolutionary Court of Shahr-e Kord. However, there is no information available on the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. Hafshajani was charged with "Drug Trafficking". He was accused of assisting in storing heroin, crack, and methamphetamine.

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 Chaharmahal and Bakhtyari Central News Unit, “possessing two kilograms and 783 grams of heroin, crack, and methamphetamine” was entered as evidence against Mr. Hafshajani.


Mr. Hafshajani asked for pardon, but his appeal was rejected. There is no information available on his defense.


Mr. Alborz Chireh Hafshajani was sentenced to death by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shahr-e Kord. After the legal proceedings were carried out, he and two others were hanged in Shahr-e Kord Central Prison on April 10, 2012.

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