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One Person’s Story

A. T.


Age: 33
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 10, 2016
Location of Killing: Rasht Prison (Lakan), Rasht, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. T. A., son of Ali, along with another individual, was announced by the website of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Gilan Province (January 10, 2016), citing the Public Relations section of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Gilan Province. Additional information on this case was obtained from the websites of Saheb Khabar and Taftan (January 12, 2016). The case of Mr. T. A. pertains to trafficking illegal drugs. 

Arrest and detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. T. A.’s arrest and detention. 


Mr. T. A. was tried in the presence of his defense lawyer by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Rasht. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial. 


Mr. T. A. was charged with “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 4 kilograms and 960 grams of heroin” were entered as evidence of guilt against Mr. T. A. 


There is no information available on the details of Mr. T. A.’s defense. He twice appealed to the Central Commission for Amnesty, and his appeal was twice rejected. 


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Rasht sentenced Mr. T. A. to death. The verdict was validated by the Chief Public Prosecutor, as well as the head of the Judiciary. Mr. T. A. was hanged, along with another individual, in Rasht Central Prison on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

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