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One Person’s Story

Mas'ud Karamzehi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 14, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Tohid), Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Masud Karamzehi, son of Qaderbakhsh, along with two other people*, was reported by Campaign Fa’alin Baluch Website, Baluchestan Human Rights Group Website (December 15, 2016), Edalat News Website (December 16, 2016), and Kurdistan News Website (December 17, 2016).

Mr. Karamzehi was a member of the Baluch ethnic minority and his case was related to drug offences.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Karamzehi’s arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Karamzehi was “crimes related to drug offences”.  In other reports, his charge was given as “false charges of drug trafficking”.

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 Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for alleged drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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

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


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


Mr. Karamzehi was sentenced to death by hanging.  He and two other people were executed in Bandar e Abbas Prison, on December 14, 2016.


*Mr. Nahtani and Mr. Gomshadzehi

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