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One Person’s Story



Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: March 4, 2015
Location of Killing: Qezel Hesar Prison, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of an unknown individual along with 14 others was announced by the website of HRANA on March 3, 2015. The case of this defendant pertains to crimes connected to illegal drugs.

Arrest and detention

This unknown individual served a term in Ghezel Hesar Prison and Karaj Central Penitentiary. He/she met with his/her family on the day before the execution and then was moved to solitary confinement. However, there is no further information available on the details of this unknown individual’s arrest and detention.


There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of this unknown individual’s trial.


The charge of this defendant, along with 14 others, pertains to “crimes connected to illegal drugs.” However, there is no information available on the details of his charge.

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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against this unknown individual.


There is no information available on the details of this unknown individual’s defense.


This unknown individual was hanged along with 14 others in the courtyard of Karaj’s Ghezel Hesar Prison on the morning of March 3, 2015.

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