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One Person’s Story

Abdolrasul Voldan


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 3, 1980
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Abdolrasul Voldan and 15 others was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami and Kayhan dailies in Shiraz (July 5, 1980).

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the Jomhuri Eslami report, the religious judge traveled to Shiraz and, after visiting the Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) headquarters of Shiraz, headed for the Shiraz Tribunal, where he examined the cases of sixteen individuals charged with a range of crimes from killing and suppression of revolutionary combatants to drug dealing and sodomy. Mr. Voldan was one of the defendants.


While Jomhuri Eslami solely referred to Mr. Voldan as a “drug dealer,” Kayhan mentioned his charges as “buying and selling heroin and opium.”

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for 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. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The reports contain no information regarding the evidence presented against the defendant at the trial.


No information is available on the defendant’s defense.


The defendant who, based on the Kayhan report, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the previous regime, was sentenced to death by the religious judge at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Shiraz. The Jomhuri Eslami report specifies that the sentence included confiscation of property for six of the accused. It is not clear whether or not Mr. Voldan’s properties were confiscated.

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