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One Person’s Story

Abolqasem Momenzadeh Afshar


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 20, 1980
Location of Killing: Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Adolqasem Momenzadeh Afshar and his brother, Ahmad, was announced in a communiqué of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecution Office of Orumiyeh, published by the Jomhuri Eslami daily (July 22, 1980)

Arrest and detention

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


Based on the communiqué, the verdict was issued by the Special Court for Drugs and Narcotics.


The communiqué mentioned that the Momenzadeh Afshar brothers were charged with drug dealing.

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


No information is available on Mr. Momenzadeh Afshar’s defense.


The brothers were sentenced to death. Based on the communiqué, the sentence was carried out by the representative of the religious judge in Orumiyeh.

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