Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

J. A.


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 16, 2006
Location of Killing: Taybad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession; Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. A. J. along with four other individuals was announced by the websites of Iscanews (November 17, 2006) and Khabar-e Jonoub (November 20, 2006).

His case, and that of the other four, was related to trafficking illegal drugs. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. A. J. was arrested for trafficking narcotics. However, there is no further information available on the details of his arrest and detention.


Mr. A. J. went on trial in Khorasan Province. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial.


Mr. A. J. and the other four were charged with “carrying, purchase and sale of 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 32.5 kilograms of crystal as well as 87.5 kilograms of opium” were entered as evidence of guilt against Mr. A. J.


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


Mr. A. J. was sentenced to death. He was hanged, along with four other individuals, in the presence of the Public Prosecutor, head of the provincial Ministry of Justice office, and the prison warden in Taybad County’s prison on November 16, 2006.

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