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One Person’s Story

Babak Hassanzadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: November 8, 2016
Location: Qorveh Prison, Qorveh, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

News of execution of Mr. Babak Hassanzadeh along with another person was published on the website of Iran Human Rights on November 08, 2016.

Mr. Hassanzadeh was from Sardasht in Kordestan and his case was related to drug offenses.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Hassanzadeh was arrested on the road from Hamedan to Qorveh. He was in Hamedan Prison until October 2016 when he was transferred to Qorveh Prison. He had his last visitation with his family on November 05, 2016.


No information is available on Mr. Hassanzadeh’s trial.


According to Iran Human Rights organization, Mr. Hassanzadeh was charged with “carrying 350 grams of Crystal”.

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 prescribed 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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Hassanzadeh’s defense.


There is no information on the verdict leading to this execution. Mr. Hassanzadeh was hanged in Qorveh Prison in the morning of Tuesday November 08, 2016.

Mr. Hassanzadeh was transferred to a solitary confinement in Qorveh Prison a day prior to his execution.

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