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One Person’s Story

Karim Sarmast


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 30, 1980
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Karim Sarmast and three others was reported by the correspondent of the Jomhuri Eslami daily in Kermanshah (July 31, 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. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, 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.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The report mentioned that Mr. Sarmast was charged with being a repeat offender in distributing and selling drugs.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available regarding the evidence of guilt provided against the defendant.


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


The Special Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal for Combating Drugs and Narcotics sentenced Mr. Sarmast to death. He was executed at 11 a.m.

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