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One Person’s Story

Rasul Naroui


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February, 1991
Location of Killing: Zahedan, Sistan Va Baluchestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Rasul Naroui was reported in the newspaper Etela'at on February 28, 1991.

International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. A 1989 law imposing mandatory death sentences on drug traffickers found in possession of specified amounts (5 kg of hashish or opium, and more than 30 grams of heroin, codeine or methadone) of proscribed narcotics has been used to sentence thousands of alleged drug traffickers to death, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The validity of the criminal charges brought against defendants cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


The defendant was tried by the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Zahedan. No further information is available about this trial.


Mr. Naroui was charged with importing "3.7 kilograms of heroin."

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. Naroui's defense.


Mr. Naroui was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death. He was hanged in prison.

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