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One Person’s Story

Moluk Nuri


Age: 55
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: September 29, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Darya), Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking
Age at time of alleged offense: 50

About this Case

News of the execution of Ms. Moluk Nuri along with seven* other individuals was announced by the websites of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) and Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan (Mafnews) on September 29, 2016. Additional information on this case was obtained from the website of the Organization of Kurdistan’s Women (November 2, 2016) and Kurdistan Human Rights (KHRN) (October 1, 2016).

Ms. Nuri, 55, was a Kurd from Kermanshah (Mafnews, September 29, 2016; KHRN, October 1, 2016). Her case pertains to crimes connected to narcotics. 

Arrest and detention

Ms. Nuri was arrested by the drug enforcement agency of the police force in Orumieh in 2011. Since then she was held in Orumieh Central Prison (Darya), where she was unable to meet her family members due to great distance and financial difficulties. The prison authorities contacted her family on September 28, 2016 so that they go and meet Ms. Nuri for the last time. Some of Ms. Nuri’s fellow inmates helped with collecting the money to fund her family’s trip to prison and back home (KHRN, October 1, 2016). 


Ms. Nuri could not afford to hire a defense lawyer (KHRN, October 1, 2016). There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of her trial. 


Ms. Nuri was charged with “purchase and sale of narcotics” (Organization of Kurdistan’s Women, November 2, 2016).

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

There is no information available on the details of the evidence of guilt entered against Ms. Nuri. 


Due to financial difficulties, Ms. Nuri accepted to carry a package for 500 thousand toomans in 2011. The package, which contained narcotics, was carried to Orumieh by her (KHRN, October 1, 2016). However, there is no information available on the details of Ms. Nuri’s defense. 


The Revolutionary Court of Orumieh sentenced Ms. Moluk Nuri to death (KHRN, October 1, 2016). She was hanged along with seven other individuals in Orumieh Central Prison (Darya) on the morning of September 29, 2016 (HRANA and Mafnews, September 29, 2016).

When Ms. Nuri’s family arrived at the prison to meet her for the last time she had already been executed (KHRN, October 1, 2016). There is no further information available on the details of this execution.


* Messrs. Esma'il Ayubi Jarami, Karam Kalshi, Qader Mahmudi, Efendi Omari, Behnam Pirkuzadegan, Kret(Reza) Ebdalzadeh, and Farhad Maleki

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