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One Person’s Story

Alireza Sarebani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April 19, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Darya), Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Alireza Sarebani, along with three other people*, on April 19, 2016, was reported by HRANA News Service.

Mr. Sarebani was a native of Orumieh.  His case had to do with illegal drugs.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Sarebani’s arrest and detention are not known.  Mr. Sarebani spent five years in prison. 


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


According to available information, the charge brought against Mr. Sarebani had to do with illegal drugs.  However, there is no information on the exact charges brought against him.

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.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its systematic use of severe torture and solitary confinement to obtain confessions from detainees and have questioned the authenticity of confessions obtained under duress.


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


The court sentenced Mr. Sarebani to death by hanging.  Mr. Sarebani and three other defendants were executed in Orumieh Prison, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.


*Messers Ahmad Nami, Manuchehr Razani, and Abdolhamid Moradi

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