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One Person’s Story

Mohammad Karim Qasemi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 7, 1983
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug possession

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Mohammad Karim Qasemi, along with nineteen others, was announced in a communiqué from the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. This communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami Daily on December 8, 1983.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the official communiqué, Mr. Qasemi was charged with “being consistently and actively involved in the purchase and distribution of heroin, possessing 1.990 kg of heroin when arrested, establishing an international drug trafficking gang, and having a previous record of supplying and distributing drugs.”

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. Qasemi’s defense.


One of the tribunals of the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran sentenced Mr. Qasemi to death. The sentence was carried out at dawn.

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