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One Person’s Story

Yunes Azizi


Age: 45
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 10, 2018
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Darya), Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense
Age at time of alleged offense: 43

About this Case

News of execution of Mr. Yunes Azizi, son of Mahmud, was published on the websites of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kordpa, and Iran Human Rights on December 10, 2018.

Mr. Azizi, was 45 years old and from Naqadeh in Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province. His case was related to drug offenses.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Azizi was in Orumieh Prison for 2 years since 2016. He was taken to the solitary confinement in Orumieh Prison on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Aziz was announced as “Drug Related Offenses”.

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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

The evidence provided against Mr. Aziz was announced as “possessing 100 kg of morphine and three criminal records”. (Iran Human Rights)


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


Mr. Azizi was hanged in Central Prison of Orumieh on Monday, December 10, 2018.

His burial (Dec. 10, 2018) and memorial services (Dec. 11, 2018) was held at Seyed Abdollah Kamali Mosque in Orumieh.

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