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One Person’s Story

Vahidollah Loqmani

About

Age: 54
Nationality: Afghanistan
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: August 28, 2018
Location of Killing: Raja’i Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense; Murder
Age at time of offense: 32

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Vahidollah Loqmani, along with another person, was reported by HRANA Website, Human Rights Activists in Iran News Agency, and Iran Human Rights Website (August 30. 2018).  News of this execution was not reported by official news agencies or by the judicial system.

Mr. Loqmani was 54 years old and a citizen of Afghanistan.  His case is related to murder and illegal drugs crimes in 1998.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Loqmani spent 22 years in prison. On August 28, 2018, he was transferred from the foreign nationals section of Qezel Hesar Prison in Karaj to solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr Prison.  At the time of the transfer he was on a hunger strike and he had sewn his lips together (Iran Human Rights).  However, the detailed circumstances of Mr. Loqmani’s arrest and detention are not known.

Trial

No information is available on Mr. Loqmani’s trial.

Charges

The charge brought against Mr. Loqmani was “crimes related to illegal drugs” (HRANA).  According to Iran Human Rights website, he was charged with “murder in the first degree”.

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). 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 and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The evidence provided against Mr. Loqmani was “arms possession”.

Defense

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

Judgment

Mr. Loqmani was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed, along with another person, in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, on Tuesday August 28, 2018.

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