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One Person’s Story

Behnam Pirkuzadegan

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: September 29, 2016
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of execution of Mr. Behnam Pirkuzadegan 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).

Mr. Pirkuzadegan was a Kurd from Kermanshah (Mafnews, September 29, 2016). His case pertains to crimes connected to narcotics.

Arrest and detention

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Pirkuzadegan’s arrest and detention.

Trial

There is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of Mr. Pirkuzadegan’s trial.

Charges

Mr. Pirkuzadegan 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 Mr. Pirkuzadegan.

Defense

There is no information available on the details of Mr. Pirkuzadegan’s defense.

Judgment

Mr. Behnam Pirkuzadegan 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).

There is no further information available on the details of this execution.

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

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