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One Person’s Story

A. A.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim


Date of Killing: January 3, 2012
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense; Drug possession

About this Case

The news of Mr. A. A.’s execution along with one other was announced by the website of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Markazi Province on January 3, 2012 and was also quoted by ISNA, the Iranian Students’ News Agency. His case pertains to drug trafficking.

Arrest and Detention

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


Mr. A. A. was tried by Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Arak County. However, there is no information available on the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. A. A. was charged with carrying narcotics.

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

It was announced that Mr. A. A. possessed four kilograms and four hundred and fifty grams of crack.


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


Branch One of the Revolutionary Court of Arak County sentenced Mr. A. A. to death. This verdict was approved by the Chief Public Prosecutor and Mr. A. A. was hanged in the Central Prison of Arak County on January 3, 2012.

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