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One Person’s Story

Seyed Hamid Hajian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: January 12, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Nedamatgah), Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Seyed Hamid Hajian along with three other individuals* was announced by the website of the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) on January 13, 2016. The case of Mr. Hajian pertains to crimes connected to illegal drugs. The judiciary authorities and organizations did not post any news items regarding Mr. Hajian’s case. 

Arrest and detention

Mr. Hajian was transferred to solitary confinement on January 10, 2016. However, there is no information available on the details of his arrest and detention. 


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


Mr. Hajian was charged with “crimes connected to illegal drugs.”

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. Hajian. 


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


Mr. Seyed Hamid Hajian was hanged, along with three other individuals, in Karaj Central Penitentiary Prison, on Tuesday January 12, 2016.


* Mohsen Nasiri, Hossein Tutian Nush, and Mostafa Jamshidi

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