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One Person’s Story

Ali Oruji Kasmaee


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: December 25, 1983
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Drug trafficking; Drug related offense

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Ali Oruji Kasmaee , along with fifteen others, was announced in a communiqué by the Anti-Narcotics Section of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran. The communiqué was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on December 26, 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 this communiqué, Mr. Oruji Kasmaee was charged with “being actively involved in the supply and distribution of narcotics, organizing a drug-trafficking gang, dealing 56.5 kg of opium and 12.5 kg of heroin over a period of time, transporting 2.713 kg of opium when arrested, being convicted of supplying and distributing narcotics several times.”

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. Oruji Kasmaee’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Anti-Drug Campaign in Tehran sentenced Mr. Oruji kasmaee to death. Having been confirmed by the Supreme Court, the sentence was carried out in Shurabad at dawn.

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