Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Morteza Amini


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: October 20, 2016
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Nedamatgah), Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Morteza Amini was reported by the Boroumand Foundation (October 20, 2016).  This execution, along with that of another person, was also reported by the Human Rights in Iran Website (October 21, 2016).

Mr. Amini was 25 years old.  His case was related to illegal drugs crimes.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Amini was detained in Karaj Central Prison, Common Area #2.  On Monday, October 17, 2016, he was transferred to solitary confinement.  The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


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


The charge brought against Mr. Amini was “transporting illegal drugs” (Boroumand Foundation).

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 evidence provided against Mr. Amini was “possession of 10 kilograms morphine”.


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


Mr. Morteza Amini was sentenced to death by hanging.  He was executed with one other person, in Karaj Central Prison, on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

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