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One Person’s Story

Zahra Ne'mati


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 6, 2016
Location of Killing: Tabriz Prison, Tabriz, Azarbaijan-e Sharqi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Miss Zahra Ne'mati , along with four other individuals, was announced by the website of Human Rights Defenders’ Association of Kurdistan (January 6, 2006). Miss Ne'mati was married and her case and that of two others pertains to crimes connected to narcotics.

Arrest and detention

Miss Ne'mati was imprisoned in Women’s Ward of Tabriz Central Prison. However, there is no information available on the details of her arrest and detention.


Miss Ne'mati went on trial in East Azarbaijan Province. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of her trial.


Miss Ne'mati was charged with “crimes connected to 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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against Miss Ne'mati .


There is no information available on the details of Miss Ne'mati ’s defense.


Miss Zahra Ne'mati was sentenced to death. She was hanged, along with her husband, her husband’s uncle, and another individual in the courtyard of Tabriz Central Prison on Wednesday, January 6, 2006.

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