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One Person’s Story

Gholam Reza


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 16, 2006
Location of Killing: Shahrud, Semnan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Gholamreza A. along with two other individuals was announced by Javan daily (November 19, 2006) and Khabar-e Jonoub daily (November 20, 2006). Mr. Gholamreza A. was from Gonbad-e Kavus and his case pertains to storing and carrying illegal drugs.

Arrest and detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Gholamreza A.’s arrest and detention.


There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of Mr. Gholamreza A.’s trial.


Mr. Gholamreza A. was charged with “storing and 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

“Possessing 5.41 kilograms of heroin” was entered as evidence of guilt against Mr. Gholamreza A. (Khabar-e Jonoub). However, Javan daily reported the amount of heroin as 14.5 kilograms.


There is no information available on the details of Mr. Gholamreza A.’s defense.


Mr. Gholamreza A. was sentenced to death. He was hanged, along with two other individuals, in Shahrud Police Central Command on Thursday, November 16, 2006.

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