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One Person’s Story

Ahmad Qolizadeh


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 14, 1980
Location of Killing: Hamedan, Hamedan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ahmad Qolizadeh was announced by the spokesman of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecution Office of Hamedan in a telephone conversation with Pars News Agency. The Jomhuri Eslami daily published the announcement (July 16, 1980)

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

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the report, the verdict was issued by the religious judge at the Special Court for Combating Drugs and Narcotics.


The report only referred to Mr. Qolizadeh as a “professional drug dealer” but did not specify any charges against him.

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. Qolizadeh’s defense.


Based on the report, Mr. Qolizadeh was sentenced to death and executed at three in the morning.

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