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One Person’s Story

Nader Farokhnejad Afshar


Age: 52
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 7, 2017
Location of Killing: Dastgerd Prison, Dastgerd, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking
Age at time of offense: 49

About this Case

was forced to change jobs, due to drought and water shortage, However, because his father had been executed, he was unable to obtain a license and funding from the government for his projects (opening a movie theater and resort).

Information about the execution of Mr. Nader Farokhnejad Afshar, son of Turan and Ata’ollah, was obtained through Abdorrahman Boroumand Center’s interview with one of his relatives on June 7, 2018 (ABC interview). The news of this execution was published on Iran Human Rights’ website (August 8, 2017) and the website of Human Right Activist News Agency- HRANA (August 9, 2017).

Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar was born on November 29, 1964 in Bam County, Kerman Provence. H ended his formal education after the second year of high school and started working as a farmer. Before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, his father was a Gendarmerie officer, and after the war between Iran and Iraq began, he joined the army and fought on the Kurdish and Ahvaz fronts for three years. In 1983-84 Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s father was arrested for drug trafficking and a year later he was executed by firing squad in Kerman. After his father was executed, Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar took on responsibility for his family. Due to drought and water shortage, Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar was forced to change jobs. However, because his father had been executed, he was unable to obtain a license and funding from the government for his projects (opening a movie theater and resort). Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar lived in the city of Kerman with his wife and two children (ABC interview).

Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s case was related to “drug trafficking”.

Arrest and detention

Early in the morning in April 3, 2014, agents of the Center for Combatting Narcotics in Esfahan arrested Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar. An informant reported drugs hidden in Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s pickup truck, and the agents of the Center for Combatting Narcotics arrested Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar at the checkpoint near the entrance to the city of Isfahan (ABC interview).

Four days after his arrest, Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar was allowed to contact his family and the first visit with his family took place 20 days after his arrest. After a month and following issuance of an indictment against Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar, he was allowed to access an attorney.

After Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar was transferred to the Dastgerd Prison in Esfahan, he was held in the ward for Afghans. The interviewee explained that the Dastgerd prison in Esfahan was overcrowded and the shortage of space in other wards was the reason for Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s transfer.


Branch 2 of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Esfahan tried Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar. No additional information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar was “drug trafficking”.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against these defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

According to the interviewee, agents discovered 48 kilograms of hashish (marijuana) in Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s pickup truck. However, according to a report from Iran Human Rights’ website, 50 kilograms of opium and 30 kilograms of hashish (marijuana) were discovered in Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s car.


No information is available on Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s defense.


In 2015-16, Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Esfahan sentenced Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar to execution. Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s attorney appealed the order and the case was transferred to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court upheld the execution order and the Pardon and Forgiveness committee rejected Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s request for pardon.

Mr. Nader Farokhnejad Afshar was hanged in Dastgerd Prison in Esfahan on August 7, 2017.

The following day, Mr. Farokhnejad Afshar’s family received his body and buried him in the city of Kerman.

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