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One Person’s Story

Khaled Johari


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 27, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Tohid), Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Khaled Johari was reported by Iran Human Rights Organization, on December 28, 2016.  Mr. Khaled Johari, son of Namegh, was born in DivanDarreh, in Kordestan Province.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Johari was arrested in an illegal drugs lab, four kilometers outside of Bandar Abbas on November 5, 2011.  The details of his arrest and detention are not known.


Mr. Johari was tried by the Revolutionary Court of Bandar Abbas on August 14, 2012 (Iran Human Rights Organization, December 28, 2016). No further information is available on his trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Khaled Johari was “transportation and possession of 1.850 kilograms crystal meth and approximately 500 grams crack cocaine” (Iran Human Rights Organization, December 28, 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). 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. Johari’s defense.


Mr. Khaled Johari was sentenced to death by hanging on August 14, 2012.  The execution of Mr. Johari was carried out on December 27, 2016, in Bandar Abbas Prison.

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