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One Person’s Story

Najibollah Ghayumi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 5, 2006
Location of Killing: Iranshahr, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Najibollah Ghayumi, son of Besmellah, along with another individual was announced by Kayhan daily (November 6-7, 2006) and the website of Khabar-e Jonoub (November 8, 2006), both citing the Public Relations section of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of Sistan and Baluchistan. Mr. Ghayumi’s case pertains to trafficking illegal drugs. 

Arrest and detention

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


Mr. Ghayumi was tried by the Public and Islamic Revolutionary courts of Iranshahr. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial. 


Mr. Ghayumi was charged with “trafficking heroin.”

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 Mr. Ghayumi. 


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


The Public and Islamic Revolutionary courts of Iranshahr sentenced Mr. Najibollah Ghayumi to death. The verdict was validated by high-echelon judiciary authorities. Mr. Ghayumi was publicly hanged, along with another individual, in Zahedan on November 5, 2006.

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