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One Person’s Story

Mahmud S.

About

Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown

Case

Date of Killing: April 12, 2015
Location of Killing: Central Prison, Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Mahmud S. along with three other individuals, was announced by the website of the provincial Ministry of Justice office of the Markazi Province on April 12, 2015. His case pertains to crimes connected to illegal drugs. 

Arrest and detention

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

Trial

According to the available information, Mr. Mahmud S. was tried by Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak. However, there is no information available on the details of the session or sessions of his trial. 

Charges

The court charged Mr. Mahmud S. with “carrying 20 grams and storing 880 grams of 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. Mahmud S. 

Defense

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

Judgment

The court sentenced Mr. Mahmud S. to death. The issued verdict was validated by the Supreme Court, and the head of the Judiciary later enforced it. Mr. Mahmud S. was hanged in Arak Central Prison on April 12, 2015.

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