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One Person’s Story

Asghar Raeesy


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: April, 1982
Location: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Drug trafficking

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Asghar Raeesy, along with two others, was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami Daily on April 20, 1982, quoting the public relations officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Public Prosecutor's Office.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Mr. Raeesy was charged with smuggling opium and transporting it by tanker–each time in 200 to 400 sacks- containing 7 kilos, and finally distributing it thereby endangering the society.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against defendants 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.Raeesy’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Esfahan sentenced Mr. Raeesy to death. The sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court of the Islamic Revolution.

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